Maarten Houttuyn, 1780
Massonia coronata, Jacq.
Massonia grandiflora, Lindl.
Massonia grandifolia, Ker Gawl.
Massonia latifolia, L.f.
Massonia namaquensis, Baker.
Massonia obovata, Jacq.
Massonia sanguinea, Jacq.
This member of the
Hyacinthaceae family was given this name by Maarten Houttuyn in 1780. It is found in
South Africa, growing in grit
or other well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb
will grow to 4,5 centimetres in diameter, the leaves won't raise to
more than two centimetres, but can get up to 26 centimetres long.
The flowers are greenish-white and are mainly pollinated by rodents.
The genera name after
Francis Masson, 1741-1805, a British horticulturist, collecting
in South Africa. The species name means 'depressed' or 'sunken'
for the growth form.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae
now part of
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