Erysiphe adunca

    Description

    Erysiphe adunca is a powdery mildew. The white fibres of the mycelium can sometimes be seen on the surface of living leaves, inhibiting photosynthesis. The spheres can be seen with a hand lens, and may be growing on either surface of the leaves. The coloured spheres (cleistothecia) contain the asci and spores. The colours range from white when very immature through yellow, orange, reddish brown, dark brown and finally black when fully mature.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On the leaves of Salix and Populus.

    When to see it

    August to October.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Probably fairly frequent, though little recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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