John Burchell, 1870
Lesotho, Eastern South Africa
||Mix - Grit
||1 (4-7) Centimetres
Flower, Abraham's Book
Massonia bowkeri, John Gilbert Baker, 1871.
Massonia nivea, Burch.
Podocallis nivea Salisb.
This member of the
Hyacinthaceae family was given this name by William
John Burchell in 1870. It is found
Lesotho into eastern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to three
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to one centimetres in
height, although the leaves can reach seven centimetres in length. The
flowers are white and rarely light pink.
The genera name after Francis Masson, 1741-1805, a British
horticulturist, collecting in South Africa. The species name after the sent of the flowers.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae
now part of