heath groundsel

synonym: Senecio silvaticus

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
root collar borer Pterophoridae Platyptilia calodactyla
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Brachycaudus helichrysi
systemic vagrant Aphididae Protaphis terricola
flower gall Cecidomyiidae Contarinia jacobaeae
flower gall Tephritidae Sphenella marginata
bud gall Cecidomyiidae Contarinia aequalis
leaf bud gall Eriophyidae Aceria leioprocta
leaf down Erysiphales Golovinomyces fischeri
leaf down Erysiphales Podosphaera senecionis
leaf down Peronosporales Bremia tulasnei
leaf miner Tephritidae Trypeta zoe
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Puccinia senecionis-acutiformis
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Coleosporium senecionis
stem borer Agromyzidae Napomyza lateralis
stem gall Pterophoridae Platyptilia nemoralis
stem gall doubtful Tortricidae Cochylis atricapitana
flower vagrant Aphididae Aphis cacaliasteris
root collar vagrant Aphididae Brachycaudus lateralis


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.


mod 31.viii.2019