Ultraviolet Flowers

Lotus corniculatus L.
Lotus corniculatus. Visible light
Visible light
(L37C filter)

Lotus corniculatus. UV light

UV light
(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, perhaps not surprising given the assymmetric shape of the flowers, but still a strong UV reflectance of the corolla.

Common Bird's-foot-trefoil occurs in several distinct races, but I haven't studied any potential UV variability relating to these froms.

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Last Update 6 February, 2005