Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Petroselinum crispum

garden parsley

synonym: Petroselinum hortense, sativum, vulgare

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Septoria petroselini
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Passalora puncta
leaf leaf spot Pleosporales Mycocentrospora acerina
leaf vagrant Ricaniidae Ricania speculum
flower vagrant Miridae Grypocoris sexguttatus
stem borer Cerambycidae Phytoecia icterica
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Euplexia lucipara
leaf vagrant Papilionidae Papilio machaon
root borer larva Curculionidae Calosirus apicalis
fruit borer Eurytomidae Systole albipennis
root borer Psilidae Chamaepsila rosae
leaf vagrant Triozidae Bactericera nigricornis
leaf miner Agromyzidae Chromatomyia horticola
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Hyadaphis foeniculi
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis fabae
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis gossypii
stem vagrant summer generation main Aphididae Dysaphis apiifolia
systemic borer Anguinidae Ditylenchus dipsaci
fruit gall Cecidomyiidae Kiefferia pericarpiicola
flower gall Cecidomyiidae Lasioptera carophila
leaf down Erysiphales Erysiphe heraclei
leaf down Erysiphales Leveillula lanuginosa
leaf down Peronosporales Plasmopara petroselini
leaf gall Triozidae Trioza apicalis
leaf miner Agromyzidae Liriomyza bryoniae
leaf miner Tephritidae Euleia heraclei
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Aecidium petroselini-sativi
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Uromyces graminis
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Puccinia nitida
stem borer Curculionidae Calosirus terminatus
leaf vagrant Aphididae Myzus ascalonicus
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis fabae fabae
stem vagrant summer generation Aphididae Dysaphis apiifolia
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aulacorthum circumflexum
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Cavariella aegopodii
leaf vagrant Aphididae Myzus ornatus


the part of the plant that most conspicuously is hit by the parasite

all buds: both flower buds and leaf buds
flower: also inflorescence
leaf: also needle, phyllodium, petiole
leaf bud: also unfolding young leaf
fruit: also seed
root: also root stock, runners
root collar: also the lowest part of the stem
stem: also culm, the lower part of the peduncle, in grasses also leaf sheath
systemic: the entire above-ground plant.


borer: larva living internally, almost no outwards signs
down: 0.5-2 mm high fungal down
film: very thin cover of fungal tussue
gall: swelling and/or malformation
grazer: feeding at the outside of the plant
leaf spot: discoloured, often ± necrotic, generally not galled, sign of a fungus infection
miner-borer: larve initially makes a mine, lives as a borer later
pustule: plug of fungal tissue, generally brown-black and < 2 mm
stripe: longitudinal line of fungal tissue in a grass leaf
vagrant: (aphids, mites) living freely on the plant, at higher densitiy causing malformations.


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The host plant spectre of a parasite is rarely known exhaustively; this applies in particular at the species level. It is advisable therefore to check at least also the list of all parasites of this genus.


Last modified 30.ix.2022