Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Thekopsora ericae

Thekopsora ericae (Naumann, 1912) Tranzschel, 1939

on Calluna, Erica

Thekopsora ericae: uredinium

Erica ciliaris, from González-Fragoso (1925a): section through an uredinium


only the uredinia are known. There are hypophyllous, 0.2 mm large; the orange spores measure 19-25 x 13-17 µm, the wall is finely spinulose. The mycelium is systemic, and hibernates in the plants; infested plants develop witches’ brooms.

host plants

Ericaceae, oligophagous

Calluna vulgaris; Erica ciliaris, cinerea, gracilis, x hiemalis.

Not found on E. tetralix.


Uredo ericae Naumann, 1912; Thekosporda fischeri Cruchet, 1916.


Brandenburger (1985a: 465), Buhr (1964b), Gäumann (1959a), González-Fragoso (1925a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Termorshuizen & Swertz (2011a), Tomasi (2014a).

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