Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Anthracocystis penniseti

Anthracocystis penniseti (Rabenhorst) McTaggart & Shivas, 2012

on Cenchrus


The individual spikelets of the inflorescence are, within their glumae, all transformed into a blackish brown mass. There is a relatively short columella; spores 10-14 µm. Infected plants grow up normally, are not stunted.

host plants

Poaceae, monophagous

Cenchrus ciliaris, flaccidus, orientalis.


Ustilago penniseti Rabenhorst, 1871; Sporisorium penniseti (Rabenhorst) Ershad, 1994.


Beltran Tejera (1976a), Kabaktepe & Akata (2019a), Vánky (2012a).

Last modified 8.xi.2021