Liparia splendens, the mountain dahlia or orange nodding-head, skaamblom in Afrikaans, is a fynbos shrub with a flowering season almost all year round. The leaves are alternate, elliptical, hairless and sessile with entire margins attenuating into sharp tips. Net-veining is displayed as a few almost parallel longitudinal lines with a little curliness close to the edges.
The orange-yellow flowers are pendulous, about 15 separate flowers are clustered in a dense flower-head with red-brown bracts between the flowers. Each individual flower has the typical Fabaceae or legume family flower structure. This flower structure comprises five petals, one of which is the standard at the top, two wing petals positioned laterally and the remaining two are joined at the base around the stamens and the pistil. The small brown, bean-like seeds grow in grey, hairy dehiscent pods that split open explosively to release the seeds (www.plantzafrica.com and Manning, 2009).