Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Puccinia behenis

Puccinia behenis Otth, 1871

on Silene and other Caryophyllaceae

Puccinia behenis: uredinia on Silene latifola

Silene latifolia, England, Berks, VC22: uredinia; © Malcolm Storey, bioimages

Puccinia behenis: uredinia


Puccinia behenis: uredinospores

urediniospores (some in a air bubble, better clarifying the ornamentation)

Puccinia behenis: spores

urediniospores (on Silene niceensis) and teliospores (on Silene vulgaris); from González Fragoso (1924a).


No host plant alternation; only uredinia and telia; both are amphigenous, light brown and blackish brown, respectively. Urediniospores 17-24 x 18-28 µm with 3-4 germination pores on or somewhat above the equator. Telia amphigenous, blackish brown, pulverulent. Teliospores 16-26 x 25-40 µm, two-celled, smooth, on a short (< 15 µm), deciduous pedicel; apical wall of the top cell not thickened (contrary to P. arenariae).

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, broadly

Cerastium arvense; Dianthus arenarius, barbatus, caryophyllus, chinensis, deltoides; Gypsophila altissima, muralis; Silene alba, arguta, armeria, baccifera, dioica, fulgens, latifolia, nemoralis, niceensis, nutans, odontopetala, pendula, repens, vulgaris & subsp. commutata + glareosa; Stellaria dichotoma.


Also on Silene lives Uromyces behenis (de Candolle) Unger, 1836 – somewhat confusing.


Bahçecioğlu & Kabaktepe (2012a), Bahçecioğlu, Kabaktepe & Yildiz (2006a), Brandenburger (1985a: 111), Buhr (1965a), Doppelbaur (1968a), Ellis & Ellis (1997a), Gäumann (1959a), Gjaerum (1987a), Gjaerum & Sunding (1986a), González Fragoso (1924a), Hafellner (1980a, Henderson (2000a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Kozłowska, Mułenko & Heluta (2015a), Kruse (2019a), Poelt & Zwetko (1997a), Negrean & Denchev (2000a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Ruszkiewicz-Michalska (2006a), Scheuer & Bechter (2012a), Termorshuizen & Swertz (2011a), Tomasi (2012a), Vanderweyen & Fraiture (2011a), Wilson & Henderson (1966a), Woods, Stringer, Evans & Chater (2015a).

Last modified 19.xi.2021