Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Sporisorium catharticum

Sporisorium catharticum (Maire) Vánky, 1989

on Cenchrus


all ovaries in a spike are swollen and transformed into a black mass of spore balls around a central columella. The mass initially is covered by a thin membrane and the glumes. The spore balls, that easily fall apart, are 40-110 µm long and consist of a large number of spores.


Poaceae, nauw monophagous

Cenchrus ciliaris.


Vánky (1994a).

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