Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Sporisorium andropogonis

Sporisorium andropogonis (Opiz) Vánky, 1985

on Bothriochloa, Dichanthium, ? Andropogon.

cf Sporisorium andropogonis on Adropogon distachyos

Andropogon distachyos, southern Crete © Paul Fontaine


Infested parts of the inflorescence are turned into a spore mass of 1-3 cm long and 1-3 mm thick. Initially this is enclosed in membrane built out of mycelial tissue, but after this has ruptured the spores are set free.


Poaceae, narrowly oligophagous

Bothriochloa ischaemum; Dichanthium annulatum.

Almaraz adds Andropogon distachyos.


Sphacelotheca andropogonis.


Vánky doubts whether this species occurs on Andropogon, but the infection illustrated above cannot possibly be caused by Anthracocystis polliniae, the only other smut that is associated with Andropogon.


“Usilago andropogonis”; Sphacelotheca andropogonis (Opiz) Bubák, 1912; Sphacelotheca ischaemi (Fuckel) Clinton, 1902.


Almaraz (1998a), Beltran Tejera (1976a), Buhr (1964b), Ivić, Sever, Scheuer & Lutz (2013a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Llorens i Villagrasa (1984a), Ludwig (1974a), Lutz & Vánky (2009a), Navarro, Honrubia & Torres (1986a), Prillinger, Wuczkowski, Lopandic ao (2009a), Roskam (2019a), Savchenko & Heluta (2012a), Scholz & Scholz (2013a), Tomasi (2012a, 2014a), Tóth (1994a), Unamuno (1942a), Vánky (1994a, 2003a), Vánky & Abbasi (2013a).

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