Need help on this one. Was growing on what I think is a Monterey Pine (definitely a pine tree). But I read that Black Knot only occurs on hardwoods. So what could this fungi be? Pictures include a branch that has fallen off the tree and one that remains on the tree.
Fungus on Privet
Dothideomycetes is the largest and most diverse class of ascomycete fungi. It comprises 11 orders 90 families, 1300 genera and over 19,000 known species. Traditionally, most of its members were included in the loculoascomycetes, which is not part of the currently accepted classification. This indicates that several traditional morphological features in the class are not unique and DNA sequence comparisons are important to define the class.