Curio talinoides is a conspicuous, spreading, succulent shrub with striking, bluish grey-green, elongated, rounded, succulent leaves. Known from the Eastern Cape of South Africa, growing mainly on cliffs and confined to deep rocky gorges.
Curio talinoides is an ascending, much-branched, evergreen, shrubby succulent, about 500 to 700 mm tall and to about 800 mm in diameter, rooting where the branches touch the ground. Roots are fibrous. Branches are brittle, rounded, succulent, woody below, easily broken and with a resinous scent. Main branch about 20 mm in diameter, glaucous, blue-green. Leaves and stems pruinose, thickly covered with a powdery white bloom, resulting in their attractive bluish to bluish grey-green colour. The leaves are densely and alternately arranged, crowded on the stems, set about 3-5 mm apart, linear, ascending, sickle shaped, tapering at both ends, about 45-95 mm long, rounded to slightly flattened laterally, 4-6 mm thick, and obscurely striated lengthwise, ending in a stiff sharp point.