Massonia depressa is a winter growing geophyte with a white or yellow-green winter or spring flower. The flower appears at ground level between the two prostrate leaves. The leaves may be spotted with irregular purplish markings or uniform green, smooth, glossy and large, about 15 cm long and 12 cm wide. It occurs in Namaqualand, the Great and Little Karoo and along parts of the south coast, notably the De Hoop Reserve. It grows in clay and other soil types, often among shrubs that serve to provide some shelter in mixed veld.