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.
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.
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)
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 .
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 ?