Rust Fungus - Puccinia urticata


    Puccinia urticata is a rust fungus which develops on the stems and leaves of Common (Stinging) Nettle or Small (Annual) Nettle. It often starts as small orange blisters or swellings. Close examination may reveal the pinhead-like fruiting bodies of the fungus.

    Identification difficulty

    Anywhere that the host plant grows

    Life History

    The spores may spread to other nettles or to various sedges where the telial stage of the lifecycle continues without causing a gall to form.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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