Ultraviolet Flowers

Hesperis matronalis L.
Hesperis matronalis. Visible lightVisible light
(L37C filter)
Hesperis matronalis. Visible light
UV light
(Schott UG11x, SB-140)
Nikon D70, UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5, @800 ISO

Both images © Bjørn Rørslett/NN

A cruciferous species with pale mauve or purple flowers, in which the petals reflect some UV on the outer segment, while the inner area absorbs UV. The anthers and style all strongly absorb UV.

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Last Update 16 June, 2006