Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Puccinia punctata

Puccinia punctata Link, 1816

on Galium

Puccinia punctata on Galium mollugo

Galium mollugo, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Dessel © Carina Van Steenwinkel: leaf spot, upperside

Puccinia punctata: aecia on Galium mollugo

underside; aecia in a compact circle

Puccinia punctata: spermogonia, aecia en uredinia on Galium mollugo

spermogonia, aecia, and uredinia

Puccinia punctata: spermogonia, aecia en uredinia on Galium mollugo

another example

Puccinia punctata: aeciospores


Puccinia punctata: urediniospore


Puccinia punctata: urediniospore

urediniospores: surface sculpture


teliospores on Galium mollugo (at left) and G. sylvaticum; from Gäumann (1959a).


Spermogonia amphigenous. Aecia like the spermogonia rarely formed; hypophyllous, in groups on discoloured, sometimes somewhat galled spots, cupulate, with white, recurved margin split into segments and yellow spores. Uredinia and telia generally amphigenous, light and dark brown, respectively. Urediniospores with 2, generally equatorial pores. Teliospores two-celled, 14-39 x 21-67 µm, brown, with apically strongly thickened wall, and a light brown pedicel.

host plants

Rubiaceae, monophagous

Galium album, aparine, aristatum, corrudifolium, glaucum, humifusum, intermedium, lucidum, margaceum, megalospermum, meliodorum, mollugo, odoratum, parisiense, productum, psilophyllum, pumilum, rivale, rotundifolium, rubrum, saxatile, scabrum, spurium, sylvaticum, uliginosum, verum & subsp. glabrescens + wirtgenii.


Puccinia deminuta Vleugel, 1908; galii-elliptici Maire, 1901; galii-silvatici Otth, 1904.


Gäumann and Klenke & Scholler recognise within this species several formae speciales.

The difference between P. punctata and P. difformis is unsharp; according to Gäumann the only fundamental difference is the fact that difformis does not form uredinia; but whether the absence of uredinia excludes punctata is not clear. Additional differences are the clustered arrangement of the aecia in punctata and the formation of telia on the stems in difformis. With much hesitation therefore the material illustrated below is attributed punctata.

Puccinia cf punctata: aecia and telia on Galium aparine

Galium aparine, Belgium. prov. Limburg, Lommel, Kolonie © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Puccinia cf punctata: aecia and telia on Galium aparine

aecia and telia

Puccinia cf punctata: teliospores



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