Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ustilago serpens

Ustilago serpens (Karsten) Lindeberg, 1959

on grasses


Stem and leaf sheaths, sometimes also the leaves, malformed and curled, with raised streaks that rupture and release masses of dark brown spores. The spores measure 12-15 x 13-19 µm; they are coarsely verrucose.

host plants

Poaceae, oligophagous

Agropyron cristatum; Bromopsis erecta; Elymus caninus; Elytrigia elongata, intermedia, juncea & subsp. boreoatlantica, repens; Leymus arenarius.

According to Klenke & Scholler also Brachypodium.


Ustilago aculeata (Ule) Liro, 1915.


Almaraz (1998a), Brandenburger (1985a: 781), Kabaktepe & Bahçecioğlu (2012b), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Kruse (2014a, 2019a), Kruse, Dietrich, Zimmerman ao (2018a), Kruse, Thiel, Braun, ao (2018e), Kummer (2009a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Savchenko & Heluta (2012a), Scholz & Scholz (2013a), Spooner & Legon (2006a), Tomasi(2014a), Vanderweyen & Fraiture (2014a), Vánky (1994a), Vánky & Abbasi (2013a), Woods, Chater, Smith ao (2018a).

Last modified 22.i.2023