Leptosphaeria cichorii Phukhams., Camporesi, Ariyaw. & K.D. Hyde [as ‘cichorium’], Fungal Divers 74: 35 (2015). Fig. 94

Leptosphaeria cichorium Phukhams., Camporesi, Ariyaw. & K.D. Hyde, Fungal Divers 74: 35 (2015).

MycoBank number: MB 626419; Index Fungorum number: IF 626419; Facesoffungi number: FoF 01156.

Description – see Ariyawansa (2015b).

Material examined – Italy, Province of Forlì-Cesena [FC], Fiumicello – Premilcuore, on dead stem of Cichorium intybus (Asteraceae), 29 August 2014, E. Camporesi IT 2067, (MFLU 15-1406, holotype).

Notes – Ariyawansa et al. (2015b) introduced Leptosphaeria cichorii for an isolate of Leptosphaeria occurred on Cichorium intybus based on the morphological character and a robust phylogenetic analysis. The morphological characters of L. cichorii are compatible with the generic concept of Leptosphaeria in having superficial ascomata, peridium of schleroplectenchymatous cells type, and cylindrical, fusoid, 3-septate ascospores (Fig. 94).

Figure 94 Leptosphaeria cichorii (MFLU 15-1406, holotype). a Ascomata on host substrate. b Vertical section through ascoma. c Ostiole canal. d Peridium. e Pseudoparaphyses. f–h Asci. i–l Ascospores. m Germinated ascospore. n Culture character on MEA. o Conidiomata on sterile bamboo pieces. p Peridoum of conidioma. q–s Conidiogenous cells and conidia. t Conidia. Scale bars: a = 500 µm, b, d = 100 µm, c, e–h, p–o = 50 µm, i–m, q = 10 µm, r–t = 5 µm.