Ultraviolet Flowers

Lathyrus odoratus L.
Lathyrus odoratus. Visible light
Visible light
(L37C filter)

Lathyrus odoratus. UV light

UV light
(Hoya U-360, SB-140)
Both images: Nikon D1H , UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5 @800 ISO

© Bjørn Rørslett/NN

No typical bull's-eye pattern here for the large flowers of the Sweet Pea, perhaps not surprising given the assymmetric shape of the flowers, but still a strong UV reflectance of large areas of the corolla. Central areas absorb UV strongly to create a distinct pattern.

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Last Update 6 February, 2005