Some scientific research has been done on Massonia depressa, which probably applies to other Massonia species too. In summary, 3 groups of plants were kept in a pollinator-excluded greenhouse to test their breeding system: 1. Unmanipulated to test for self-fertilisation. Result: No fruits were set 2. Pollinated by hand with self- pollen to determine whether plants are self-compatible. Result: 38.5 % of flowers set fruits. The seeds were small (0.19g) 3. Pollinated by hand with pollen from a different plant. Result: 82.4% of flowers set fruits. The seeds were larger (0.29g) Also, experiments were done excluding rodents from plants in the wild. Result: Only 4.3% of flowers set fruit, each containing about 2 seeds Not excluding rodents from plants in the wild resulted in 30.4% of flowers setting fruit, each containing about 20 seeds It seems that although they are self-compatible (and experience shows that viable plants can be grown from self-set seed), cross pollination produces more and larger seeds and is the main pollination strategy in the wild. The reference for the scientific research is: "Rodent pollination in the African lily Massonia depressa (Hyacinthaceae)" Steven D. Johnson, Anton Pauw and Jeremy MidgleyAmerican Journal of Botany. 2001;88:1768-1773. The abstract can be found here: http://www.amjbot.org/content/88/10/1768.full - the full text can be read for free by selecting the pdf version over on the right of that page. Paul Cumbleton Zone 8, U.K.