Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Tilletia sterilis

Tilletia sterilis Ule 1886

on grasses


Leaves with long, parallel raised striae. They are yellowish gray at first, but whence the cuticula is gone masses of blackish brown spores erupt, smelling of old herring. The spores measure 18-24 x 20-30 µm; the wall has a reticulate structure.

host plants

Poaceae, oligophagous

Festuca ovina, valesiaca; Koeleria pyramidata; Poa nemoralis.


Tilletia scrobiculata Fischer, 1952.


Brandenburger (1985a: 773, 817), Buhr (1964b, 1965a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Scholz & Scholz (2013a), Tomasi (2014a), Vánky (1994a, 2012a), Zogg (1983a).

Last modified 13.xii.2022