Periwinkle Rust - Puccinia vincae


A rust fungus affecting Greater Periwinkle (Vinca major). Uredinia brown; spores pear-shaped with 3 ± equatorial pores. Telia dark brown; spores two-celled. The fungus is systemic; infested shoots remain sterile and stand erect, the leaves are abnormally small.

Identification difficulty
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Mainly occurs on Vinca major, not on Vinca minor.

When to see it

When the host plant is in leaf.

UK Status

It seems to be widespread in England and Wales but is not well recorded.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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