TREASURE

 

The  appropriately named Treasure Flower ( English ) or Gazania rigens ( Scientific name)  is a glorious garden flower native to Southern Africa.

Extremely photosensitive, see how the buds strain to reach out to the Sun .

The Treasure Flower will bloom only on a Sunny day, if the clouds mask the Sun, they will simply curl up.

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Buds and the bloom

The Genus Gazania is named after Theodore of Gaza,  famous for his translations of Botanical works into Latin from Greek. Probably we would have had easier names were it not for him ( merely Jesting).

The photograph below shows the initial stages when the ray florets ( yes not petals) of this composite group of flowers are curled up forming Spikes.

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Unfurling Star

The Golden Disc in the centre  reminds me of a Treasure Island covered with Gold.

Aptly named treasure flower the brightly coloured flowers are adored by Bees and Butterflies.

The genus Gazania belongs to the Sunflower family , Asteraceae of which I have written about it in previous blogs as well ( do check SAY IT WITH FLOWERS)

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Golden Disc being unfurled

While native to Mozambique, Zululand , Namibia and Angola, the Treasure flower has been cultivated across the world as an ornamental  Garden Flower.

The following is probably the cultivar ( hybrid)  Gazania rigens “Sunglow” .

In Australia the Treasure Flower  is found as a weed  on sandy dunes along the coast .

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Sunglow 

The Treasure flower or African Daisy will close and fold up as the Sun sets.

The leaves however look up at the Stars at Night.

Enchanting Treasure, is it not ?

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

36 thoughts on “TREASURE”

  1. Lovely amazing pictures, am use to small ordinary flowers in me garden then see these and they just blow me away , would love them and grasses in me garden , but the weather here would not be kind to them or show them in their full glory , I,m sad to say, please keep blogging , mate

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  2. Delightful as usual– I love these boldly colored flowers and their dramatic golden centers. Gazania is not that popular in Chicago area (I haven’t been able to find it at nurseries) but I may have to try growing it from seed this year as it is offered in US seed catalogs. They would really bring a lot of flavor to a garden both with their enchanting flowers and with their unusual leaves. Your pics have me sold on them!

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