Daubenya/Massonia mystery

Paul T. ptyerman@ozemail.com.au
Wed, 18 Jun 2008 01:47:03 PDT
At 05:47 PM 18/06/2008, you wrote:
>I have just returned from a trip to the southern parts of the 
>Western Cape where I came upon several diminutive plants of a 
>Daubenya or Massonia species. They were (...are, as I did not remove 
>them!) growing in almost pure, white sand quite close to the coastal 
>town of Witsand. Flower colour varies from white to a soft pastel 
>pinkish-mauve as seen in the photograph.
>Please take a look at it on the 'Mystery' page: 


The flowers look like they might be a little large, but Massonia 
jasminiflora springs to mind.  Mine have a colour range similar to 
what you describe, have just finished flowering for me here (M. 
depressa has just opened, to give you a second reference point), but 
I think mine had a bit smaller flowers than those, at least in 
comparison to the leaves.  A very cute smaller species, and one I 
would not like to be without.


Paul T.
Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9

Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world 
including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, 
Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about 
anything else that doesn't move!! 

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