Ultraviolet Flowers

Saponaria officinalis L.
Saponaria officinalis. Visible light
Visible light
Saponaria officinalis. UV light
UV light
(Hoya U-360 + B+W BG-38, SB-140)
Both images: Nikon D70 @800 ISO, UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5

© Bjørn Rørslett/NN

Soapwort has no visual indication of a bull's-eye pattern. However,the flowers have areas with low UV reflectance (stamens and stigmas) together with UV reflectance of the border of the petals create a weakly defined guide pattern.

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Last Update 24 September, 2005