Whiteheadia is a one-species genus in the family Hyacinthaceae. Manning, Goldblatt & Fay (2004) in their revision of Sub-Saharan Africa Hyacinthaceae combined the genus Whiteheadia into Massonia. Genetic evidence for this move is clear and is supported by their shape and habit which very much resemble that of massonias.

The genus was named by William Henry Harvey for the Reverend Henry Whitehead (1817 - 1884) an Anglican missionary.

Whiteheadia bifolia syn. Massonia bifolia

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