Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

genus Pittosporum

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Hishimonus diffractus
flower hidden Thripidae Pezothrips kellyanus
leaf vagrant Thripidae Thrips major
leaf hidden Thripidae Thrips tabaci
stem scale Diaspididae Comstockaspis perniciosa
leaf vagrant Tetranychidae Panonychus ulmi
leaf scale Coccidae Saissetia coffeae
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Septoria escallonia
leaf leaf spot Pleosporaceae Alternaria tenuissima
leaf leaf spot Diaporthaceae Phomopsis pittospori
leaf leaf spot Phyllostictaceae Phyllosticta pittospori
leaf leaf spot Botryosphaeriaceae Macrophyllosticta pittosporina
stem kanker Hyponectriaceae Physalospora pittospori
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Septoria pittospori
flower vagrant Miridae Closterotomus trivialis
leaf scale Diaspididae Aonidia mediterranea
leaf scale Coccidae Protopulvinaria pyriformis
stem scale Pseudococcidae Pseudococcus longispinus
stem scale Pseudococcidae Pseudococcus calceolariae
stem scale Margarodidae Icerya purchasi
leaf vagrant Tenuipalpidae Brevipalpus californicus
stem scale Coccidae Ceroplastes rusci
leaf vagrant Issidae Latilica maculipes
leaf gall Triozidae Trioza pittospori
leaf vagrant Triozidae Trioza fernandesi
leaf scale Aleyrodidae Aleurodicus floccissimus
stem scale Coccidae Saissetia oleae
leaf scale Aleyrodidae Aleuroclava aucubae
leaf scale Diaspididae Aspidiotus nerii
stem gall Asterolecaniidae Planchonia fimbriata
leaf vagrant Coccidae Pulvinaria floccifera
stem vagrant doubtful Aphididae Aphis arbuti
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis spiraecola
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis fabae
stem vagrant Aphididae Aphis craccivora
leaf gall Triozidae Trioza vitreoradiata
stem gall Asterolecaniidae Planchonia arabidis
stem vagrant Aphididae Aphis aurantii


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 31.xii.2023