Ultraviolet Flowers

Silene uniflora Roth.
Silene uniflora. Visible light
Visible light
Silene uniflora. 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 marine species has no visual indication of a bull's-eye pattern. However, a flower centre with low UV reflectance (stamens and stigmas) together with high UV reflectance of the petals create a two-zoned pollinator guide pattern.

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Last Update 1 October, 2002