Anemone Smut - Urocystis anemones

Description

The fungus Urocystis anemones affects various members of the anemone family especially Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa), causing blister like swellings beneath the epidermis which rupture to produce black spores.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

Habitat

Woodland where Wood Anemone is present.

When to see it

Whenever host plants such as Wood Anemone are in leaf.

UK Status

Widespread and probably fairly frequent in Britain, although not well recorded.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map