Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Thecaphora alsinearum

Thecaphora alsinearum (Ciferri) Vánky & Lutz, 2007

on Stellaria

gall

the entire, strongly contracted, inflorescence is modified into a powdery, pale yellowish-brown mass of spore balls. Because it remains enclosed by the lower bracts the whole looks like a swollen terminal bud. The spore balls, that very easily disintegrate, consist of some tens of verrucose spores.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, narrowly monophagous

Stellaria holostea, media.

synonyms

Sorosporium alsinearum Ciferri, 1928

references

Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Vánky (1994a), Vánky & Lutz (2007a), Vánky, Lutz & Bauer (2008b).

Last modified 24.iii.2019