Mystery Massonia

John Grimshaw
Sun, 20 Apr 2008 00:43:28 PDT
Cameron McMaster reports that he has found the mystery smooth-leaved, 
purplish-flowered, summer-flowering Massonia on the ridge above Tiffindell 
Ski Resort. In that case there must be two high altitude massonias up there 
as there is an extensive population of an echinate-leaved, white-flowered 
one growing in gravel pockets on the way up to the summit of Ben MacDhui. It 
was not in flower when I first saw it in January 2002, though fat 
inflorescences were developing between the leaves, and it was over in March 
2002. Specimens flowered white in cultivation, however. Unfortunately I have 
no means of scanning my slides to post an image.

Have you seen this species up there, Cameron?

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

Tel. 01242 870567

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