Monday, 22 June 2015

Campion 'smut' fungus.

 The upper photo shows a normal Red Campion flower with anthers.  Campions have male and female flowers (dioecious) ---- this fungus causes anther development (staminodes) in female flowers so infected flowers look alike.
This fungus looks like a 'smut' and old records are given as Ustilago violacea but this is now considered to be allied to the rusts and called --- Microbotryum lychnidis-dioicae.  Both White and Red Campion are affected by the same fungus.


I have ofen looked for this among banks of Campion and seldom seen it or, as today, found just one clump of plants affected and the majority remaining quite normal. 
As I can find no proper 'mushrooms' I have to seek out other fungi!

1 comment:

  1. Well done Philip. David has the smut at Somerton as well. Glad to see that you have moved over to the 'Dark Side' and looking at interesting fungi !! Hope you are well. Out with RDP for a few days this this week plant recording so will catch up in due course.

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