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Stalactiform blister rust

Stalactiform blister rust - Aecial pustules on lodgepole pine stems and branches
  • Latin name: Cronartium coleosporioides Arthur
  • French name: Rouille - tumeur de l'écorce
  • Division: Basidiomycota
  • Class: Uredinales
  • Synonym(s): Cronartium filamentosum Hedgc. nom. Nud,
    Peridermium stalactiforme Arth. & F. Kern





Damage, symptoms and biology

Mortality may occur as a result of girdling of small diameter stems, and as such can act as a natural thinning agent in young stands. In older trees stem defects occur, reducing wood quality and predisposing trees to damage from wind and heavy snow. Atropellis piniphila is often associated with stalactiform blister rust cankers.

Other information

Cronartium coleosporioides can be distinguished from C. comandrae by its more elongate cankers, and more precisely by its ellipsoid aeciospores (cf. pear-shaped aeciospores of C. comandrae). Differentiating between C. coleosporioides and C. comptoniae is more difficult. The longitudinal hypertrophied ridges produced by sweet fern blister rust are not present on stems infected by stalactiform blister rust. In addition, the aecial filaments of C. comptoniae are continuous, whereas those of C. coleosporioides are pendant. Identifying the presence of the alternate hosts will also help distinguish between these two rusts. Non-sporulating cankers may also be confused with those caused by Atropellis piniphila.

Canadian Forest Service Publications

Stalactiform blister rust

Information on host(s)

Main host(s)

Austrian pine, jack pine, Monterey pine, mugho pine, ponderosa pine, scots pine, shore pine


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