Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Epichloe festucae

Epichloe festucae Leuchtmann, Schardl & Siegel, 1995

on Festuca, Rostraria, Schedonorus

Epichloë festucae on Festuca rubra

Festuca rubra, Belgium, prov. Namur, Villers-en-Fagne, Grand Ri, vi.2018 @ Sébastien Carbonelle

Epichloe festucae on Schedonorus  (= Festuca) pratensis

Schedonorus (= Festuca) pratensis, Belgium, prov. Liège, Hamoir © Sébastien Carbonnelle

Epichloe festucae on Schedonorus  (= Festuca) pratensis



One or more internodes all round and mostly over their total length, wrapped in a while, later yellowish fungal mass (stroma). The internodes are hardly or not at all swollen. In the stroma slender asci. The spores are 250-300 µm long.

host plants

Poaceae, narrowly oligophagous

Festuca glauca, heterophylla, longifolia, pulchella, rubra, valesiaca;
Rostraria cristata; Schedonorus giganteus, pratensis.


Jage, Scholler & Klenke (2010a), Kruse (2019a), Moon (1999a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a) Rommelaars & Helleman (2010a), Schardl (2010a), Schardl & Leuchtmann (2004a), Spooner & Kemp (2005a).

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