|Author: ||Carl Linnaeus Jr. 1781
||Southern South Africa
Massonia amygdalina, Baker.
Massonia bolusiae W.F. Barker.
Massonia concinna, Baker.
Massonia huttonii, Baker
Massonia modesta, Fourc.
Massonia muricata, Ker Gawl.
Massonia pinsilla, Masson ex Salisb.
Sol. ex Baker.
Massonia versicolor, Baker.
This member of the
Hyacinthaceae family was given this name by the younger Carl
Linnaeus in 1781. It is found in southern South Africa, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to
five centimetres, the leaves twelve centimetres long, and they can
have pustules like
Massonia longipes or even more
significantly. The flowers are white to light purple.
The genera name after Francis Masson, 1741-1805, a British
horticulturist, collecting in South Africa. The species name means
'prickly' for the leaves.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae
now part of