Microbotryum stellariae

    Description

    Microbotryum stellariae is a gall causing fungus. Flower anthers of affected plants become thickened and contain a powdery purple mass of spores when mature.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    The fungus affects the flowers of some plants in the chickweed and stitchwort families.

    When to see it

    When the host plants are in flower.

    UK Status

    Not well recorded, but probably widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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