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Lecanosticta pini

Lecanosticta pini Syd., in Sydow & Petrak, Annls mycol. 20(3/4): 211 (1922).

           Index Fungorum number: IF 274508; Facesoffungi number: FoF 11161, Fig. 1

Description: see Sutton (1980); Videira et al. (2017).

Material examined: see Sutton (1980); Videira et al. (2017).

Fig. 1 Lecanosticta pini. a Brown spot symptoms of host. b Asci and ascospores c Conidiophores. d Conidia (a, c re-drawn from Fig. 3 in Crous et al. 2012; b, d re-drawn from Fig. 1 in van der Nest et al. 2019).

Importance and distribution

Lecanosticta comprises ten species causing brown spot needle blight on Pinus species (Pinaceae). Lecanosticta has a wide distribution including Asia (China), North America (Canada, Mexico, the United States).


Quarantine significance

Species of Lecanosticta are on the European quarantine list as they cause serious disease leading to defoliation, dieback and death of host plant (EPPO 2022).




EPPO Global Database. 2022 – Available at:

Quaedvlieg W, Groenewald JZ, de Jesús Yáñez-Morales M, Crous PW. 2012 – DNA barcoding of Mycosphaerella species of quarantine importance to Europe. Persoonia 29, 101–115.

Sutton BC. 1980 – The Coelomycetes: Fungi imperfecti with pycnidia, acervular and stromata. Commonwealth Mycological Institute, Kew, Surrey, England.

van der Nest A, Wingfield MJ, Ortiz PC, Barnes E. 2019 – Biodiversity of Lecanosticta pine-needle blight pathogens suggests a Mesoamerican Centre of origin. IMA Fungus 10, 2.

Videira SIR, Groenewald JZ, Nakashima C, Braun U, Barreto RW, de Wit PJGM, Crous PW. 2017 – Mycosphaerellaceae - Chaos or clarity? Studies in Mycology 87, 257–421.


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