Taphrina wiesneri

    Alternative names
    Exoascus cerasi
    Taphrina minor
    Taphrina cerasi
    Description

    Taphrina wiesneri is a fungal gall causer affecting Prunus species. The upperside of the affected leaves have hollow blisters that may be reddish brown above; their underside bears a layer of microscopical asci that, when fully developed, may give the surface a mealy aspect. Also many-years old witches’ brooms may be formed.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Good photographs required showing upper and lower leaf surfaces.

    Habitat

    Where the host Prunus species occur.

    When to see it

    Galls may be found when the host species are in leaf.

    UK Status

    True status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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