Eballistra R. Bauer, Begerow, A. Nagler & Oberw.


Eballistra oryzae (Syd. & P. Syd.) R. Bauer, Begerow, A. Nagler & Oberw. on Oryza sativa L.


Sori as black spots on the leaves and stems of Poaceae.

Spores solitary or in groups but not aggregated in balls, olive-brown, embedded in the host tissue, not erumpent, not powdery.

Spore germination resulting in holobasidia with gastroid (not ballistic) basidiospores.

Parasitic hyphae mostly intercellular.

Host-parasite interaction apparatus lacking.

Septal pore absent.


Eballistra includes three known species, two of which occur in Australia.

Species in Australia
Eballistra brachiariae
Eballistra oryzae

Key based on host taxonomy
On BrachiariaEballistra brachiariae
On OryzaEballistra oryzae