Puccinia albescens

    Description

    The rust fungus Puccinia albescens affects Moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina) it is host specific, there is no host alternation. The Spermogonia and aecia are scattered all over the plant, ("cluster cups – white edged and yellow centres"). The plant can become quite strongly disfigured as a result, although upper leaf surfaces show little sign of the fungal infection.

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    Habitat

    Woodland where Moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina) is present.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    UK Status

    Widespread but rather local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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