Thorny shrub with powdery sloes growing on southern slopes of mount.
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Photo showing pocket Plum Galls of Taphrina sp.
Am I right in thinking that T. prunus attacks the plums of Prunus spinosa and does this not mean then that the identification of the plant is right? Kind regards
Sorry omitted my agreement on i.d.
Taphrina pruni is known to grow on Prunus spinosa only. However, one should be rather sure about one identification to be fairly safe to deduct the other one. Fruits deformed in such ways by other Taphrina species and looking very similar can be found on various different Prunus species (plums, cherries etc).
sorry, above should read
Taphrina pruni is known to grow on Prunus spinosa and a few other host species only. However,...
Thanks for the advice; deducting one species' identity from another species can be mistaken, however I was fortunate to be in the company of other botanists who confirmed the ID. Kind regards
Back in 1978 there was even a scientific symposium organized on the topic. Many fungal parasites are very specialized when it comes to their hosts, and such cases the fungus 'idientifies' the host species. However, more often it is done the other way round - when knowing the host one can look up lists of parasites known to grow on it which helps a lot to identfy the fungus. Nevertheless, unusual cases and record always are worth to be looked into furhter, as interesting new discoveries might be made.
Heidi, this is interesting. Thanks and regards
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Historic urban cemetery located in former sandstone quarry below Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.