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Eriocercospora balladynae

Eriocercospora balladynae (Hansf.) Deighton, Mycol. Pap. 118: 6 (1969).

            Helminthosporium balladynae Hansf., Proc. Linn. Soc. London 157: 39 (1945) [1944-45].

            Index Fungorum number: IF 330687; Facesoffungi number: FoF09782,  Fig. 1

Description: see Braun (2013).

Material examined: see Braun (2013).


Fig. 1 Eriocercospora balladynae (562c, holotype; redrawn from Fig. 2, the type of Helminthosporium balladynae in Deighton 1969). a, c Conidiophores giving rise to conidia. b Conidia. Scale bars = 10 μm.

Importance and distribution

Eriocercospora species are hyperparasitic on leaves. Severely infected leaves may die or look like light tan to straw-colored (Huang et al. 2019). There are five Eriocercospora epithets in Index Fungorum (2022), but two species E. maughaniae and E. websteri have been transferred to Pseudocercospora. Eriocercospora comprises three species. Eriocercospora balladynae is hyper parasitic on Asterina hendersonii (Asterinaceae), Balladyna sp. (Balladynaceae), Balladynocallia glabra (Parodiopsidaceae), on Camellia thea (Theaceae), Dipterocarpus sp. (Dipterocarpaceae), Grumilea succulenta (Rubiaceae), Ilex mitis (Aquifoliaceae) and Passiflora foetida (Passifloraceae). Eriocercospora olivacea is hyperparasitic on Syzygium grande (Myrtaceae) while E. palustris is hyperparasitic on Chrysobalanus icaco (Chrysobalanaceae). Eriocercospora has been reported from Africa (Uganda), Asia (Hong Kong, India, Myanmar), Caribbean (Cuba), Papua New Guinea and South America (Brazil).




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