Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Melanotaenium cingens

Melanotaenium cingens (Beck) Magnus, 1892

yellow toadflax smut

on Linaria


greyish green, finally lead-coloured pustules on the stems and leaves, containing a black, not powdery, mass of spores. Infected plants remain small, have narrowed leaves and show a witches’ broom aspect.

host plants

Plantaginaceae, monophagous

Linaria genistifolia, repens, vulgaris.


Ainsworth & Sampson (1950a), Brandenburger (1985a: 467), Buhr (1964b), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Heluta, Hayova, Tykhonenko ao (2010a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Savchenko & Heluta (2012a), Tomasi (2014a), Vánky (1994a), Woods, Chater, Smith ao (2018a).

Last modified 17.xi.2022