Needle cast (Bifusella linearis)

  • Latin name: Bifusella linearis (Peck) Höhn.
  • French name: Rouge (Bifusella linearis)
  • Division: Ascomycota
  • Class: Rhytismatales
  • Synonym(s): Hypodermium effusum Schwein.,
    Lophodermium lineare (Peck) Ellis & Everh.
Description

Micro-habitat(s)

Needle

Distribution

United States, Canada

This fungus is widely distributed throughout the range of its hosts in B.C.

Damage, symptoms and biology

Long, black, shiny fruiting bodies form on needles.

Canadian Forest Service Publications

Needle cast (Bifusella linearis)

Information on host(s)

Main host(s)

Western white pine, whitebark pine

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