This is named for the "coma", the cluster of floral bracts in the centre of the flower. The flower tube is more than 25mm long and the stamens lack any fusion. Rare in cultivation but widespread in South Africa from the NE Western Cape, the Northern Cape and the Free State. Thus outside of the distribution of other massonias and daubenyas and in areas that receive summer rain. However it grows during the autumn and winter just like most of the other species.