Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleosporium petasitis

Coleosporium petasitis (de Candolle) de Bary, 1865

on Pinus


See description under Coleosporium tussilaginis sensu lato

spermogonia, aecia

Pinaceae, monophagous


on Petasites

Coleosporium petasitis: uredinia on Petasites hybridus

Petasites hybridus, Vreeland: uredinia

Coleosporium petasitis: uredinium on Petasites hybridus


Coleosporium petasitis: urediniospores

Petasites hybridus, Diemen: urediniospores

Coleosporium petasitis: telia on Petasites hybridus

leaf in mid-September, its underside coloured red by telia

Coleosporium tussilaginis: telia on Petasites hybridus



the teliospores are arranged like basalt columns, on top covered by a layer of a waxy substance. Initially they are one-celled, but in the end meiosis takes place, resulting in a chain of four haploid cells. Each one germinates under formation of a sterigma (picture above), on top of which eventually a spore will be formed (Mims & Richardson).

The uredinia and telia of Coleosporium species morphologically are indistinguishable. For pictures see for instance C. melampyri and C. tussilaginis.

uredinia, telia

Asteraceae, monophagous

Petasites albus, frigidus, hybridus, japonicus, kablikianus, paradoxus, radiatus.


Coleosporium tussilaginis f. sp. petasitis Boerema & Verhoeven, 1972


Blumer (1946a), Brandenburger (1985a: 24, 648), Gäumann (1959a), González-Fragoso (1925a), Helfer (2013), Jage, Kruse, Kummer ao (2013a), Jage, Scholler & Klenke (2010a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Kruse (2019a), Mims & Richardson (2005a), Poelt & Zwetko (1997a), Riegler-Hager (2014a), Schmid-Heckel (1985a), Tomasi (2003a), Tóth (1994a).

Last modified 31.vii.2019