Needle cast (Lirula macrospora)

Needle cast (<em>Lirula macrospora</em>) - Fruiting bodies of <em>Lirula macrospora</em> on Sitka spruce
  • Latin name: Lirula macrospora (R. Hartig) Darker
  • French name: Rouge des épinettes
  • Division: Ascomycota
  • Class: Rhytismatales
  • Synonym(s): Hypodermina hastigii Hilitzer,
    Lophodermium filiforme Darker,
    Lophodermium macrosporum (R. Hartig) Rehm





Damage, symptoms and biology

Fruiting bodies appear as elongate black lines, often running the full length of needles which remain on the twigs after they have been killed.

Other information

The needles can remain attached to the twigs for two years.

Canadian Forest Service Publications

Needle cast (Lirula macrospora)

Information on host(s)

Main host(s)

Black spruce, Colorado spruce, Engelmann spruce, red spruce, Sitka spruce, white spruce

  • Needle cast (<em>Lirula macrospora</em>) Fruiting bodies of Lirula macrospora on Sitka spruce
    John Vallentgoed
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