Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Podosphaera leucotricha

Podosphaera leucotricha (Ellis & Everhart) Salmon, 1900

on woody Rosaceae

Podopshaera leucotricha on Malus spec.

Malus spec., Belgium, prov Limbourg, Herk-de-Stad © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Podopshaera leucotricha: conidia-chain

conidia chain

Podopshaera leucotricha: conidia


Podosphaera leucotricha on Malus domestica

Malus domestica, Loenen (Gld) © Arnold Grosscurt: disfigured leaves.

Podosphaera leucotricha on Malus domestica

The fungal down is hard to distinguish from the normal hair cover of the underside of the leaf.

Podosphaera leucotricha gall

Malus domestica, Dronten © Arnold Grosscurt: severe infection


mycelium amphigenous, often also on stems, well developed, white; infected leaves often disfigured. Appressoria indistinct to nipple-shaped. Conidia formed in chains, with fibrosin bodies, short-elliptic. Cleistothecia with a single ascus, containing eight spores. Appendages 3-7, above the equator, 3-7 x the diameter, standing as a bundle ± upright; they are more or less stiff, septate, unbranched or just below the tip with a few sort branches.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

? Chaenomeles japonica; Cydonia oblonga; Malus domestica, floribunda, manshurica, x moerlandsii, x purpurea, sylvestris, toringo; Photinia x fraseri; Prunus cerasifera; Pyrus communis & subsp. pyraster, salicifolia; Spiraea.

Malus and Pyrus are the main hostplants


Blumer (1967a), Braun (1995a), Braun & Cook (2015a), Bresinsky (2016a), Buhr (1964b), Czerniawska (2001a), Ellis & Ellis (1997a), Gjaerum (1976a), Jage, Klenke, Kruse ao (2016a), Jage, Klenke & Kummer (2010a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Korytnianska & Popova (2012a), Kozłowska, Mułenko & Heluta (2015a), Kruse (2019a), Kruse & Jage (2014a), Leysen (2017a), Mieslerová, Sedlářová, Michutová, ao (2020b), Roskam (2009a), Ruszkiewicz-Michalska (2006a), Ruszkiewicz-Michalska & Michalski (2005a), Săvulescu & Rayss (1935a), Talgø, Sundheim, Gjærum ao (2010a).

Last modified 3.xii.2021