Massonia villosa (Hyacinthaceae), a new species from the Roggeveld, Northern Cape, South Africa
Keywords:Hyacinthaceae, Massonia, new species, Scilloideae, southern Africa, taxonomy
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.