Pucciniastrum epilobii

Alternative names
Fir-Fireweed rust and as Fuchsia Rust

Pucciniastrum epilobii is a fungal rust that affects Willowherb species (including Rosebay Willowherb) and Fuchsia species - it alternates on Pine species.  On Willowherb it causes yellowing of the upper surface of the leaf whilst the underside bears the orange uredinia.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed. The species of host plant should also be named.


Wherever the host plants occur.

When to see it

When the host plants are in leaf.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

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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