Leptosphaerulina (genus)

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Leptosphaerulina trifolii mature ascus with spores (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Fred Brooks, University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Leptosphaerulina McAlpine 1902

This is a small genus of plant pathogenic fungi which includes Leptosphaerulina trifolii a species causing leaf spot of various leguminous crops like clover, soybean or alfalfa. The genus is closely related to Didymella and produces large, hyaline, longitudinally and transversally septated ascospores.

For a taxonomic review of the genus see Aveskamp et al., 2010.


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: