The smut fungus Microbotryum tragopogonis-pratensis affects Tragopogon species such as Goat's-beard (Tragopogon pratensis) and Salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius). The flower heads may be destroyed and all that remains is dark powdery smut in the base of the flower.
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Wherever the Tragopogon host species occur.
When the host species are in flower.
Not well recorded in Britain, but the records suggest it is widespread, though perhaps infrequent.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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