Ultraviolet Flowers

Epilobium angustifolium L.
Epilobium angustifolium. Visible light
Visible light
(L37C filter)
Epilobium angustifolium. UV light
UV light
(FF + CC20C, SB-140)
Nikon D1H, UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5, @800 ISO

Both images © Bjørn Rørslett/NN

A tall species with long spikes bearing bright purple flowers, each with a discernable but not prominent UV pattern. Note in this species the bracts, non-pollinated stigma, and pistils, all have low UV reflectance and contribute to the two-zoned pattern.

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Last Update 1 October, 2002