|Vinca minor L.|
(FF , SB-140)
images: Nikon D1H , UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5 @800 ISO
© Bjørn Rørslett/NN
Periwinkle is a small, creeping vine which in late spring
is sprinkled with pale violet-coloured flowers. Its
flowers exhibits a high UV reflectance of the petals. The
centre area of the flower absorbs UV so a two-zoned
pattern results. Interestingly the UV-discernable pattern
does not coincide with the visual marks on the flower.
In common with many other species having bluish-tinged flowers, petals of V. minor reflect strongly in the near IR.
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Last Update 19 May, 2003