A taxonomic reassessment of Phyllachora proteae, a leaf pathogen of Proteaceae
Phyllachora proteae is a well known leaf pathogen of Protea spp. In the present study this fungus was recollected from several genera and species of Proteaceae in the Western Cape province of South Africa, and its taxonomy was reassessed. Single ascospore cultures produced a Fusicoccum anamorph in culture, described here as F. proteae. A microconidial synanamorph with narrowly ellipsoidal, brown, thick-walled conidia was commonly associated with F. proteae in culture. Based on its bitunicate asci, as well as pseudothecial and ascospore morphology, a new combination for P. proteae is proposed in Botryosphaeria, as B. proteae.