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Massonia depressa Houtt.
Handl. Pl.-Kruidk. 12: 424 (1780).
Family: HYACINTHACEAE

Massonia depressa Photo by: © Plantemania
The dull-colored flowers of this low growing bulbous plant develop at ground level, have tiny petals, emit a yeasty aroma, and produce a thick, jellylike nectar. These features led researchers to suspect that desert rodents such as gerbils pollinate this plant.

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Accepted name in llifle Database:
Massonia depressa Houtt.
Handl. Pl.-Kruidk. 12: 424 (1780).
Synonymy: 10
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Common Names include:
ENGLISH: hedgehog lily
AFRIKAANS (Afrikaans): bobbejaanboek, suikerkannetjie, botterkannetjie, ramblom


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The flowers nestled between the two succulent leaves look like a shaving brush. Photo by: © Plantemania
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Massonia depressa Photo by: © Plantemania

28516 plantemania © Plantemania
Massonia depressa Photo by: © Plantemania
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