Pucciniastrum epilobii

Alternative names
Fir-Fireweed rust and as Fuchsia Rust

The primary hosts of Pucciniastrum epilobii are species in the family Onagraceae, including Willowherbs and Fuchsia.  On Willowherb it causes yellowing of the upper surface of the leaf whilst the underside bears the orange uredinia.

The alternate aecial host is a Silver-fir.  It is not a gall-causer on either host.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

Common names
Fuchsia Rust
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
22/07/2017 (lemmon, roy)
Last record:
11/11/2019 (Calow, Graham)

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