Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Rhamphospora nymphaeae

Rhamphospora nymphaeae Cunningham, 1888

nymphaea smut

on Nymphaea

Rhamphospora nymphaeae on Nymphaea spec.

Nymphaea spec. ℗nk flowered), Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Mol, Buitengoor, 4.ix.2020 © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Rhamphospora nymphaeae on Nymphaea spec.

leaf spots (upper side)

Rhamphospora nymphaeae spores


Rhamphospora nymphaeae spores


Rhamphospora nymphaeae spores

the spores are minutely verruculose; in water a thin layer of mucus is formed.

Rhamphospora nymphaeae spores

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yellowish, finally brown leaf spots, old ones often centrally perforate. Embedded in the host tissue lie lemon-shaped, hyaline or light yellow spores.

host plants

Nymphaeaceae, monophagous

Nymphaea alba.


Entyloma nymphaeae (Cunningham) Setchell, 1894.


Brandenburger (1985a: 165), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Kruse (2019a), Park, Denchev, Han & Shin (2010b), Scholz & Scholz (2013a), Vánky (1994a, 2012a), Vánky, Bauer & Begerow (1998a), Woods, Chater, Smith ao (2018a).

Last modified 5.ix.2020