Erysiphe syringae

    Description

    Erysiphe syringae is a white, powdery mildew affecting Lilac and producing an opaque-white discoloration of the leaves. Care – there are other similar mildews that may affect Lilac and microscopic examination is necessary.

    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

    The mildew can be found on Lilac, the host species.

    When to see it

    When Lilac is in leaf, particularly from late summer.

    UK Status

    True status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records, but it would seem to be widespread in England, and probably fairly common.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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