Lachenalia trichophylla, previously known as L. massonii, is a bulbous perennial that annually grows one, occasionally two nearly prostrate, deciduous leaves. The flower stalk reaches 10 cm in height.
The species distribution is in the Northern Cape from the Namaqua Klipkoppe to the Western Cape to south of the Cederberg. This photo was taken near Clanwilliam.
The habitat includes granite-derived sandy soils among rocks, renosterveld, Tanqua Karoo and sandy fynbos flats and rocky slopes. The species is not considered to be threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century (iSpot; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984; JSTOR; www.pacificbulbsociety.org; http://redlist.sanbi.org).