Phylum: Ascomycota Class: Sordariomycetes
Order: Hypocreales Family: Clavicipitaceae
Species: Claviceps purpurea var. purpurea (Fr.) Tul.
Synonyms: Claviceps microcephala
Claviceps purpurea
Cordyceps microcephala
Cordyceps purpurea
Kentrosporium microcephalum
Sclerotium clavus
Sphacelia segetum
Sphaeria purpurea
Common Name: Ergot

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Claviceps purpurea var. purpureaPhotographer:  Stuart Dunlop
Photographer: Stuart Dunlop

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Associated Species (where recorded) & number of records:
Dactylis glomerata (9)
Molinia caerulea (8)
Anthoxanthum odoratum (4)
Leymus arenarius (4)
Poaceae (3)
Holcus (3)
Arrhenatherum elatius (2)
Spartina alterniflora x maritima (2)
Lolium perenne (2)
Quercus (1)
Phleum pratense sens.str. (1)
Phalaris arundinacea (1)
Glyceria (1)
Glyceria fluitans (1)
Habitat (where recorded) & number of records:
Woodland (5)
Parkland and scattered trees (3)
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural (2)
Bog (1)
Coastland: saltmarsh, Spartina dominated (1)
Parkland and scattered trees: mixed (1)
Sand-dune (1)
Shingle/gravel above high tide mark (1)
Woodland: coniferous (1)
Woodland: mixed (1)
Woodland: mixed, plantation (1)
Woodland: mixed, semi-natural (1)
Substrate (where recorded) & number of records:
Flower (4)
Seed (2)
anthers (1)
Seed Head (1)
Soil (1)
Stem (1)
Months recorded in & number of records:
January (3)
August (12)
September (14)
October (12)
November (2)