Urocystis ranunculi

    Description

    Urocystis ranunculi is a smut fungus which affects certain Buttercup (Ranunculus) species causing stems etc. to blister and eventually erupt, exposing a mass of dark spores. It is advisable to check the spores microscopically to confirm the species.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Where Ranunculus species are found.

    When to see it

    Late summer and early autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread, and probably fairly frequent in Britain, though not well recorded.

    VC55 Status

    There are few records from Leicestershire and Rutland, though the species may be under recorded.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map