Thecaphora (genus)

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potato tuber cut open, showing symptoms of potato smut caused by Thecaphora solani (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): William M. Brown Jr., Bugwood.org
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Thecaphora Fingerh. 1836

The genus Thecaphora contains more than 50 species of smut fungi that infect a variety of plant families. Important diseases are for example peanut smut or potato smut. The sori can form on seeds, flowers, and other parts of the host plant, often producing pustules or galls. The teliospores are typically arranged in spore balls and form powdery masses that are yellowish- to dark reddish-brown, but not black.

Type species: Thecaphora hyalina


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