mystery Massonia/Daubenya

Nhu Nguyen
Tue, 04 Sep 2012 19:34:49 PDT
Hi everyone,

Thanks for all the comments and suggestions about this mystery plant.

Dietrich, the leaves are completely glabrous above, and there are no
noticeable bulges between the filaments. Would you still regard this a
relative of setulosa or would you be content calling it jasminiflora?

Here are some new photos I just took. Sorry for the bad quality but the sun
has gone away for the day. You should be able to right click and see
full-sized images.…………

Whatever it is, I am very pleased with it. It smells wonderful and
jasminiflora like (it's on my desk right now as I type). I have been trying
to grow jasminiflora for years but never having much success. It appears to
be a rare one for some reason. But this one actually comes out of dormancy
with completely maroon leaves, then the maroon gets diluted out as the
leaves mature and gives a nice tessellation effect. In some seedlings there
are more tessellations than others.


On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:11 AM, Dietrich Müller-Doblies <> wrote:

> Dear Nhu,
> Your plant is probably a near ally Massonia setulosa. Massonia setulosa
> is unrecognised by the South African species list but accepted by the
> Kew database. We know it since 1997 between Caledon and Heidelberg in
> the southern part of the Western Cape. Possibly we have it from
> Theronsbergpas as the most northern point. Are there very fine bristles
> on the upper leaf surface of your plant or is it absolutely glabrous? Is
> the filament tube closed by six bulges from in-between the filaments?
> Best wishes
> Dietrich
> Am 04.09.2012 08:49, schrieb Nhu Nguyen:
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > In March 2008, I got a packet of seeds from Silverhill as a Massonia
> > marginata from the Roggeveld. The plant bloomed last year but I was not
> > able to get a photo. This year I managed to take a few snap shots of this
> > plant. It is not M. marginata, but what the plant is caused me a lot of
> > confusion and excitement. It has a lovely smell, unlike other massonias,
> > but perhaps somewhat like M. jasminiflora. I can't even place this in a
> > genus. If you have any idea what it may be (or a new species?) please
> > discuss!
> >
> > Here are the photos. You should be able to right click on the photos to
> see
> > a larger size.
> >…
> >…
> >
> > Best,
> > Nhu
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