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Puccinia urticaria – Nettle mystery solved

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A few days ago, I posted

What is this growing on my nettle bush? Please share and respond

No one responded.

But, being determined, I asked the Natural History Museum discussion group on plants.

It is Puccinia Urticaria (nice pictures, including mine!)

Quote – Puccinia urticata is a rust fungus which develops on the stems and leaves of Common (Stinging) Nettle or Small (Annual) Nettle. It often starts as small orange blisters or swellings. Close examination may reveal the pinhead-like fruiting bodies of the fungus.

Habitat
Anywhere that the host plant grows

Life History
The spores may spread to other nettles or to various sedges where the telial stage of the life cycle continues without causing a gall to form.

Common and widespread in Britain. End quote

I am sure your life will not be transformed by this information. Mr Furlong doesn’t seem at all excited about it. But somehow I feel quite chuffed!

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Author: thelastfurlong

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.. I'm retired, going into Old Age and loving my life. I'm hoping to remain happy and well for as long as possible. Old Age is not SO bad - yet!

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