Original Research

Massonia villosa (Hyacinthaceae), a new species from the Roggeveld, Northern Cape, South Africa

John C. Manning
Bothalia | Vol 49, No 1 | a2413 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v49i1.2413 | © 2019 John C. Manning | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 October 2018 | Published: 26 June 2019

About the author(s)

John C. Manning, Compton Herbarium, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Cape Town, South Africa; and, School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa


Background: Ongoing systematic studies in the African flora periodically reveal the existence of undescribed species.

Objectives: To describe the new species.

Method: Relevant literature was surveyed, and herbarium and fresh material were examined.

Results: Collections of a Massonia (Hyacinthaceae) from the escarpment near Sutherland in Northern Cape with unique, softly hairy foliage represent an undescribed species.

Conclusions: Massonia villosa J.C.Manning is a new species distinguished by the small, markedly convex leaves with recurved apex and pilose adaxial surface covered with soft, shaggy hairs up to 7 mm long and slender flowers without marked sigmoid coiling of the tepals.


Hyacinthaceae; Massonia; new species; Scilloideae; southern Africa; taxonomy


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