This is a Bird's Nest Sansevieria (Sansevieria trifasciata 'Hahnii'). It is in the same expanded clay pebble hydroculture setup as this tabletop Ficus tree.
Those are polished decorative pebbles as "ground cover". You can see a couple of the brown clay pebbles peaking up.
Sansevieria is a very durable indoor plant that will tolerate lower light conditions. It is also easy to propagate. This plant is a newly cut offset from another plant. The total out-of-pocket cost of this plant as pictured is about $5.
This would be a great desktop plant for your office, or a gift for someone else's office. With desk lamp lighting like this it would likely need watering every two weeks or longer. The key is to check the water level with a pipette tube and only add more water when it shows that the water level is at empty.