Resembles other members of the Massonia Group in having two broad leaves flat on the ground, but the inflorescence is elongated with very pronounced bracts almost hiding the green flowers. It is certainly interesting rather than attractive! It is common in dryer areas right down the western part of the Western and Northern Cape Provinces. The very rare Daubenya namaquana also has an elongated inflorescence, but this lacks obvious bracts apart from a coma at the top. Whiteheadia bulbs do have a disconcerting habit of failing to appear above ground during some winters.