Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Melampsora lini

Melampsora lini (Ehrenberg) von Thümen, 1878

on Linum

Melampsora lini on Linum catharticum

Linum catharticum, Belgium, prov. Namur, Phillippeville (Cerfontaine), RN du Carrière des Vaulx © Stéphane Claerebout


no host alternation. Only uredinia and telia. Uredinia amphigenous, for a short wile covered by an evanescent peridium, yellow with clavate paraphyses. Telia amphigenous, subepidermal or subcuticular, brown to black crusts, consisting of a single layer of columnar spores.

host plants

Linaceae, narrowly monophagous

Linum catharticum.


Many authors, and also the Index Fungorum (2017) consider M. lini and M. linperda conspecific.


the British mycologist Grove discovered in Wales in 1936 a Melampsora on Radiola linoides, and provisionally identified it as “Melampsora lini var. radiolae”. The discovery was never formally published and the name is not available. The fungus has never been found again and is assumed to be extinct (Woods ao, Nigel Stringer in litt.).


Beltran Tejera (1976a), Brandenurger (1985a: 335), Buhr (1964b), Ellis & Ellis (1997a), Gäumann (1959a), González-Fragoso (1925a), Henderson (2000a, 2004a), Jage, Scholler & Klenke (2010a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Kruse (2019a), Lawrence, Dodds & Ellis (2007a), Marková & Urban (1988a), Mułenko, Sałata & Wołczańska (1995a), Negrean (1996a,b), Poelt & Zwetko (1997a), Ruszkiewicz-Michalska (2006a), Savchenko, Heluta, Wasser & Nevo (2014c), Savchenko, Wasser, Heluta & Nevo (2019a), Schmid-Heckel (1985a), Termorshuizen & Swertz (2011a), Tóth (1994a), Tykhonenko (2010a), Unamuno (1941b, 1942a), Vanderweyen & Fraiture (2007a), Wilson & Henderson (1966a), Woods, Stringer, Evans & Chater (2015a).

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