Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Microbotryum stellariae

Microbotryum stellariae (Sowerby) Deml & Oberwinkler, 1982

on Caryophyllaceae, Alsinoideae

Microbotryum stellariae on Stellaria holostea

Stellaria holostea, Gasteren © Ben van As: note the yellowish discolouration of the infested shoot

Microbotryum stellariae: anther smut on Myoson aquaticum

Myosoton aquaticum, Houthem-St. Gerlach

Microbotryum stellariae spores

spores (ø 5-8 µm)

Microbotryum stellariae:  galled flower of Stellaria spec.

Stellaria spec., Belgium, prov. Limburg, Ham, de Rammelaars © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Microbotryum stellariae: spores

Stellaria spec., Belgium, Antwerp, Laakdal,de Roost © Carina Van Steenwinkel


Infected plants are somewhat yellowish in colour and grow more densely; the infection clearly is systemic (pers. comm. Ben van As).

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, narrowly oligophagous

Arenaria biflora, ciliata, moehringioides, tenella; Cerastium arvense; Moehringia lateriflora; Myosoton aquaticum; Stellaria alsine, calycantha, graminea, holostea, longifolia, media, palustris.


Ustilago stellariae (Sowerby) Liro, 1924


Almaraz (1998a), Buhr (1964b, 1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Denchev, Knudsen & Denchev (2020a), Foitzik (1992a), Jage, Klenke, Kruse ao (2016a), Jage, Kruse, Kummer ao (2013a), Jage, Scholler & Klenke (2010a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Kruse (2019a), Kummer (2009a), Losa España (1942a), Mayor (1971a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Savchenko & Heluta (2012a), Scholler, Reinhard & Schubert (1996a), Scholz & Scholz (2013a), Spooner & Legon (2006a), Vanderweyen & Fraiture (2014a), Vánky (1994a), Woods, Chater, Smith ao (2018a).

Last modified 28.viii.2023