Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cirsium eriophorum

woolly thistle

synonym: Cirsium vandasii, velenovskyi

organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
leafvagrantPterophoridaeCalyciphora nephelodactyla
leafminerDepressariidaeAgonopterix carduella
flowerborerPyralidaeMyelois circumvoluta
rootborerSyrphidaeCheilosia vulpina
root collarborerSyrphidaeCheilosia grossa
root collarborerSyrphidaeCheilosia fraterna
stemborerlarvaCurculionidaeLixus filiformis
flowerborerlarvaCurculionidaeLarinus sturnus
flowerborerlarvaCurculionidaeLarinus turbinatus
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeAphis fabae cirsiiacanthoidis
stemborerAgromyzidaeMelanagromyza eriolepidis
stemborerAgromyzidaeMelanagromyza aeneoventris
stemvagrantAphididaeUroleucon aeneum
flowerborerTephritidaeChaetostomella cylindrica
flowerborerTephritidaeTerellia longicauda
flowerborerTephritidaeTerellia ruficauda
flowerborerTephritidaeTerellia serratulae
flowerborerTephritidaeTerellia winthemi
flowergallTephritidaeUrophora terebrans
leafborerTephritidaeXyphosia miliaria
leafdownErysiphalesGolovinomyces montagnei
leafminerAgromyzidaePhytomyza cirsii
leafminerChrysomelidaeSphaeroderma testaceum
leafminerGelechiidaeScrobipalpa acuminatella
leafpustuleaeciaPuccinialesPuccinia caricis-frigidae
leafpustuleaeciaPuccinialesPuccinia dioicae
leafpustuleaecia uredinia teliaPuccinialesPuccinia cirsii-eriophori
leafpustuleaecia uredinia teliararelyPuccinialesPuccinia cnici
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesPuccinia laschii
leafpustuleteliaPuccinialesPuccinia odontolepidis
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 7.ii.2020