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Gall on Prunus

Observed: 23rd May 2012 By: SomersetVC5 Recorder
Botanical Society of Britain and IrelandWild Flower Society
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Taunton 002
Description:
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Species interactions

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Comments

GrizzledBadger's picture

It will also infect

It will also infect Blackthorn, Cherry Plum, Bird Cherry, Gean, and Fruiting Plums.
From my past obs. the fungus appears to cause the style to grow disproportionately, certainly on Bird Cherry, distorting what was to become a fruit and stopping the production of a stone (seed).

Brock

fungi's picture

specific for certain trees

Taphrina species are usually growing on specific host plants (a single species, or a very few only). Taphrina pruni infects Prunus spinosa (sloe) only.

fungi's picture

correction/addition

Sorry, something went wrong with my comment above. It should read:

Taphrina species are usually growing on specific host plants (a single species, or a very few only). Taphrina pruni infects Prunus spinosa (sloe), P. cerasifera (cherry plum), P. domestica (common plums) and some others, whereas deformed fruits of P. padus (bird cherry) are onyl caused by Taphrina padi.