Published in: Nat. Hist. (Houttuyn) 2(12): 424. 1780.
Other: Type M. depressa Thunb. ex Houtt.
This genus of plants perpetuates the name, as a botanist, (would it could likewise the mild, unassuming, and universally allowed amiableness of character) of Mr. Francis Masson, botanical collector to his Majesty; now exploring the untrod regions of North America, to add to the extensive collections of his royal and munificent Master, which stand so much indebted to his indefatigable industry for their present splendour. (Bot. Repos.)
Also placed in Hyacinthaceae, Liliaceae.
- Massonia violacea Andrews (= synonym)