Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ustilago echinata

Ustilago echinata Schröter, 1869

on Phalaroides, Scolochloa

Ustilago echinata on Phalaroides arundinacea

Phalaroides arundinacea, Belgium, prov. Limburg, Lummen, Laren © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Ustilago echinata: spores



Long, narrow parallel brown striae on the leaves (mainly the youngest) and leaf sheaths. Here masses of brownish black spores are formed. The infection is systemic and causes considerable distortions. Spores 10-16 x 12-18 µm, with a reticulate-echinulate surface.

host plants

Poaceae, oligophagous

Phalaroides arundinacea; Scolochloa.


Ustilago arthurii Hume, 1902.


Brandenburger (1985a: 776, 827), Buhr (1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Kruse, Dietrich, Zimmerman ao (2018a), Kummer (2009a), Savchenko & Heluta (2012a), Scholz & Scholz (2013a), Spooner & Legon (2006a), Vánky (1994a).

Last modified 22.i.2023