Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Vankya ornithogali

Vankya ornithogali (Schmidt & Kunze) Ershad, 2000


on Gagea

Vankya ornithogali on Gagea villosa

Gagea villosa, Belgoium, prov. Luxembourg, Steinfort. 4.iii.2024 © Thomas Gyselinck (spores not checked microscopically)



5 mm long fusiform swellings in the leaves and bracts that eventually rupture lengthwise, releasing a blackish brown, powdery mass of spores. The fungus is systemic, reappearing year after year on the same plant. Spores 10-19 µm, virtually smooth.

host plants

Asparagaceae, Liliaceae, narrowly polyphagous

Gagea bohemica, confusa, cossoniana, dubia, foliosa, gageoides, liotardii, lutea, maeotica, mimima, polymorpha, pratensis, pusilla, spathacea, villosa.

Incorrect;y cited by Vánky (1994a) frpom Ornithogalum narbonense, umbellatum (Vánky, 2012a)


Ustilago ornithogali (Schmidt & Kunze) Kühn, 1875.


Ainsworth & Sampson (1950a), Almaraz (1998a), Brandenburger (1985a: 708), Buhr (1964b), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Klenke & Scholler (2015a), Kruse (2019a), Lotze-Engelhard (2010a), Navarro, Honrubia & Torres (1986a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Savchenko & Heluta (2012a), Scholz & Scholz (2013a), Vánky (1994a, 2012a), Vánky & Abbasi (2013a), Vánky, Lutz & Bauer (2008b), Woods, Chater, Smith ao (2018a), Zwetko (1993a).

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