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Abstract

Pestalotiopsis species associated with Camellia sinensis (tea).

Abstract

We describe a new species Pestalotiopsis furcata isolated from Camellia sinensis (tea), which is distinguished morphologically by its relatively large conidia (29-39×8.5-10.5 µm) and 5-9 apical appendages, some of which are branched and lack basal appendages. A phylogenetic tree based on a combination of ITS, β-tubulin and tef1 clearly distinguishes P. furcata from other species in the genus. We examined syntype material of P. theae, which we designate as lectotype, and a fresh collection from Thailand, which we designate as epitype.