Baynesia lophophora is the unique member of the monospecific genus Baynesia. Plants of baynesia are mostly small, consisting of a cluster of soft erect, greenish stems. The tiny nodding, purple flowers are borne in small clusters around the tips of the stems on new growth, and seemingly without any odour. The generic position of this new species is questionable. The finely wrinkled surface of the stems is particularly unusual and is unlike anything else known in southern Africa. The nearest relatives of this monotypic stapeliad genus are probably Caralluma peschii and Pectinaria.