Though the ecology was dense with all manner of bromeliads and ferns, it was the massive-flowered trees which drew the eye. They formed a canopy of flower-fronds with broad, pink petals as firm as agave but velvety and covered in a thick, velvety membrane which scattered light off and through itself in such a way that it cast a soft, dreamy glow onto the forest floor below. This dreamlike quality was reinforced by a thin and constant mist emanating from the bottom of the flower-fronds. So far as Psovod could judge, despite the area being fairly arid this basin was a cloud forest and these trees were the keystone to the ecosystem.
"They look like lotus flowers," Rohssa said, holding out a hand to catch a trickle of water dripping from the frond of a tree. "Maybe that's why this area was marked as the Lōtos Karstway Basin. Lōtos probably means 'lotus', I'd bet."
Kytheria also boasts a robust ecosystem of Synthisaurs.
“If you look out of your west-facing windows you may spot some of the local fauna. The Kytherian seas are home to many kinds of ichthyosaur.”
The hum of tug’s port-side Meissner Engine revved up as Dravec bounded from starboard to port and turned his massive head to look out a window. “I see it, Psovod, come look!”
There were about a hundred meters above the water now. Some sort of ichthyosaur broke the crest of a wave, snapping at low-flying dimorphodons who had stolen their fish and were now juggling it.