Ultraviolet Flowers

Silene armeria L.
Silene armeria. Visible light
Visible light
Silene armeria. UV light
UV light
(FF + CC20C, SB-140)
Both images: Nikon D1H @800 ISO, UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5

© Bjørn Rørslett/NN

This xerophytic species has no visual indication of a bull's-eye pattern. However, a flower centre with low UV reflectance (stamens and stigmas) together with UV reflectance of the petals create a moderately well expressed two-zoned pollinator guide pattern. The extent of the UV-absorbing area may change throughout the floral develoment, as evident from the photo above.

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Last Update 17 July, 2005