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The genus Massonia is endemic to southern Africa. They inhabit areas that are hot and dry during the summer and are adapted to a mediterranean climate - winter growing and summer dormant. Massonia pustulata is native to Cape provinces and Namaqualand. Due to its relatively small size, Massonia pustulata makes an excellent pot subject, many authorities suggest. The flowers are produced as sessile umbels and have stamens which are longer than the perianth, giving the flower head a 'shaving-brush' appearance (Massonia pustulata has the longest filaments of the more commonly grown species). The flowers can be creamy-white in some forms or a rather attractive pinkish colour in selected forms. This species, although not alone in this feature, has the specific name 'pustulata' due to the high number of small swellings similar to blisters or pimples on the surface of the leaves. There are also some attractive leaf forms in cultivation.