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Warty growth

Observed: 9th August 2011 By: babu1
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Warty growth
Warty growth 1
Description:

Wart-like growth on leaf of azalea. Brown and pale yellowish. White powdery coating. 17mm at widest part.

Identifications

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  • Plant Gall
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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    Likely ID
    A gall fungus (Exobasidium sp.)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
  • Azalia gall (Exobasidium sp.)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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host specificity of Exobasidium species

Exobasidium species are specialised on specific hosts or some closely related host species. However, in many cases (and books) they are referred to by older names, when broader species concepts were applied. A thorough revision has been done for fungi of this genus occurring in Europe, however, not on a world-wide scale and this adds to some complication as naming in other parts of the world therefore in most cases refer to the older names. On azalea galls are usually formed by E. japonicum.