Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Microbotryum majus

Microbotryum majus (Schröter) Deml & Oberwinker, 1982

on Silene


not only the anthers, but also the ovaries and basal parts of the petals are modified into a blackish-violet, powdery mass of spores. The infection is systemic.

host plants

Carylophyllaceae, narrowly monophagous

Silene borysthenica, densiflora, donetzica, helmannii, otites, roemeri.


“Microbotryum major”; Ustilago major Schröter, 1887.


Almaraz (1998a), Blumer (1946a), Brandenburger (1985a: 114), Buhr (1965a), Denčev (1991a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Savchenko & Heluta (2012a), Scholz & Scholz (2013a), Spooner & Legon (2006a), Tomasi (2014a), Vánky (1994a).

Last modified 23.iii.2019