Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Senecio ovatus

wood ragwort

synonym: Senecio fuchsii, nemorensis subsp. fuchsii

Senecio ovatus is considered in some flora’s a junior synonym of S. nemorensis

organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
leafvagrantErebidaeArctia caja
leafvagrantErebidaeSpilosoma lubricipeda
leafvagrantErebidaeEuplagia quadripunctaria
leafvagrantErebidaeCallimorpha dominula
leafvagrantGeometridaeAlcis repandata
flowervagrantGeometridaeEupithecia subfuscata
flowervagrantGeometridaeEupithecia virgaureata
leafvagrantGeometridaeAlcis bastelbergeri
flowervagrantGeometridaeMesotype didymata
flowervagrantGeometridaeEupithecia centaureata
flowervagrantGeometridaeEupithecia satyrata
flowervagrantGeometridaeEupithecia absinthiata
flowervagrantGeometridaeEupithecia expallidata
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeLongitarsus ventricosus
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeOreina cacaliae
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeOreina intricata
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeOreina bidentata
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeLongitarsus refugiens
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeLongitarsus suturellus
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeTenthredo mioceras
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeTenthredo rubricoxis
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeTenthredo velox
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeTenthredo bipunctula
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeTenthredo trabeata
leafvagrantTenthredinidaePachyprotasis antennata
leafvagrantTenthredinidaePachyprotasis rapae
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeTenthredo mesomela
leafhiddenPyralidaeUdea alpinalis
leafhiddenCrambidaeAnania lancealis
stemborerTortricidaeEpiblema hepaticana
flowerborerTortricidaeEucosma campoliliana
flowerborerPterophoridaeHellinsia osteodactylus
stemborerSyrphidaeCheilosia lenis
root collarvagrantAphididaeBrachycaudus lateralis
leafminerAgromyzidaeLiriomyza strigata
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeBrachycaudus helichrysi
fruitgallAnthomyiidaeBotanophila seneciella
flowergallCecidomyiidaeDasineura senecionis
flowergallTephritidaeSphenella marginata
budgallCecidomyiidaeContarinia aequalis
leafdownErysiphalesGolovinomyces senecionis
leafdownErysiphalesPodosphaera senecionis
leafdownPeronosporalesBremia tulasnei
leafgallTriozidaeTrioza senecionis
leafminerdoubtfulAgromyzidaeLiriomyza erucifolii
leafminerAgromyzidaePhytomyza alpina
leafminerAgromyzidaePhytomyza senecionis
leafminerDepressariidaeAgonopterix senecionis
leafminerSciaridaePhytosciara halterata
leafminerSciaridaePhytosciara macrotricha
leafminerTephritidaeCornutrypeta spinifrons
leafminerTephritidaeStemonocera cornuta
leafpustuleaeciaPuccinialesPuccinia senecionis-acutiformis
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesColeosporium senecionis
leafpustuleteliaPuccinialesPuccinia expansa
leafpustuleteliaPuccinialesPuccinia senecionis
leafpustuleteliaPuccinialesPuccinia uralensis
stemgallPterophoridaePlatyptilia nemoralis
flowervagrantAphididaeAphis cacaliasteris
leafvagrantAphididaeMacrosiphum alpinum
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeBrachycaudus cardui


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 11.vii.2021