Saccharata Denman & Crous, in Crous et al., CBS Diversity Ser. (Utrecht) 2: 104 (2004).
MycoBank number: MB 28918; Index Fungorum number: IF 28918; Facesoffungi number: FoF 02297; 19 morphological species (Species Fungorum 2020), 15 species with molecular data.
Type species: Saccharata proteae (Wakef.) Denman & Crous.
≡ Phyllachora proteae Wakef., Bull. Misc. Inf., Kew(5): 164 (1922).
Notes: Crous et al. (2004) described the first species of this genus from Proteaceae in the South Western Cape region of South Africa. Three other species were added to the genus, two from Proteaceae and one from Encephalartos (Marincowitz et al. 2008; Crous et al. 2008, 2009). Apart from its restricted distribution and host range, Saccharata is also unique in its asexual morphology, which includes a hyaline, fusicoccum-like and a pigmented diplodia-like asexual morph. Based on phylogenetic analysis, evolutionary estimates and morphological data, Phillips et al. (2019) considered Septorioideaceae a synonym of Saccharataceae. We were unable to obtain fresh collections of Saccharata or other genera of Saccharataceae, therefore, a drawing of Saccharata proteae is provided (Fig. 23).
Fig. 23 Saccharata proteae (redrawn from Slippers et al. 2013, CBS 121406). a Immersed ascomata with clypeus-like structure. b Asci and ascospores. c–e Conidiogenous cells and paraphyses. f Conidia. Scale bars: b–f = 10 µm