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Coral spot Nectria cinnabarina

Updated: Apr 6



Nectria cinnabarina can be found on the dead branches on a variety of trees and shrubs. This includes a wide range of different host species, which can be from different families also. Nectria cinnabarina has been described as having amalgamations of pinhead sized salmon pink cushion like pustules throughout the year, which invariably gave rise to its common name ‘Coral spot’. The a-sexual salmon pink pustule perithecia then copulate upon drying resulting in dark red fruiting bodies, which look like miniature raspberries. Although Coral spot is perceived as a saprotrophic ascomycete, it can sometimes effect living tissue, and has been seen to cause cankers on hardwood shrubs.



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