Massonia pygmaea (Kamiesberg)

Apart from the Drakensberg subspecies of M. jasminiflora, this is the smallest massonia, with a leaf span of about 6cm. The leaves can be hairy as shown above or they can be glabrous (sometimes known as ssp. kamiesbergensis). It can be identified from its size and from the stamens, which are different lengths in each of the two series of three stamens. It tends to be a high altitude species, growing in the mountainous terrain of the Cedarberg and Kamiesberg. It is the earliest-flowering massonia, being in flower by mid-October in the UK.