These flowers are South African daisies, belonging to genus Osteospermum. Osteospermum (“bony seed”) is a collection of about 50 plant species from family Asteraceae, native to South Africa.
The attractive spoon or pinwheel forms seen here seem to be hybrids or cultivars (please correct me if I’m wrong), or derivatives of Osteospermum fruticosum. Most species appear to possess fairly ordinary, plain ray-flowers.
Top photo is the ‘Pink Whirls’ variety by Jon Sullivan,
Bottom photo is ‘Flower Power Spider Purple’ by Derek Ramsey.
The Floating Lily Fields of Guanling by Gogosardina
- giant floating crinoids (Traumatrocrinus hsui)
- ammonite (Trachyceras multituberculatus)
- fish (Pholidopleurus, Peltopleurus, Birgeria, Guizhoucoelacanthus)
- a hybodont shark
- turtles (Odontochelys semitestacea)
- ichthyosaurs (Quanichthyosaurus, Guanlingsaurus)
- a thalattosaur (Xinpusaurus)other marine reptiles (Miodentosaurus & Psephochelys)
for more complete information about the animals featured in this wonderful and richly painted paleo art, read more in the artist’s own gallery.
Fossil specimen of Seirocrinus subangularis from Houston Museum, Texas. Seirocrinus is a stalked crinoid or a sea lily, cousins of sea stars that are still alive today in our oceans, although they are often limited to greater depths.
However, Seirocrinus along with a few other genera, are an interesting case: it grows on floating logs, and it may reach up to 20 meters in total length. These pseudoplanktonic crinoids are most abundant in Jurassic seas, and seem to fill a niche no longer seen in most marine animals, save perhaps the tiny goose barnacles (Lepas, Dosima), which float on the ocean’s surface through a similar strategy.
One can only imagine what an interesting sight it must have been. Gigantic flower-like creatures, growing on logs, with stems tall as most trees. Floating just beneath the water’s surface, with ammonoids, fish and ichthyosaurs swarming around it, just as sargassum mats today attract vagrant fauna.
Sanghyang Dedari, a sacred dance from only a few regions in Bali, which is usually performed by two maidens, during a state of deep trance. The dancers themselves are believed to be possessed (kerauhan) by heavenly spirits (dedari).
The ceremony isn’t actually a tourist attraction, rather a performance done whenever farmlands suffer from blight, or in the presence of a disease outbreak. The dance itself is an act to appease the divinities.