Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Carlina vulgaris

carline thistle

synonym: Carlina taurica

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf leaf spot Phyllostictaceae Phyllosticta carlinae
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Passalora carlinae
leaf leaf spot Dothideomycetes Asteromella carlinae
leaf vagrant Erebidae Eublemma ostrina
leaf miner Zygaenidae Jordanita subsolana
leaf miner Zygaenidae Jordanita chloros
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Hephathus nanus
flower borer larva Curculionidae Larinus ursus
root collar borer Apionidae Ceratapion penetrans
root gall Curculionidae Pseudocleonus grammicus
leaf vagrant Pterophoridae Calyciphora albodactylus
leaf vagrant Pterophoridae Calyciphora xanthodactyla
flower borer Gelechiidae Metzneria neuropterella
flower gall larva Curculionidae Larinus planus
flower vagrant Aphididae Uroleucon carlinae
vagrant Aphididae Uroleucon macrosiphon
leaf vagrant Aphididae Protaphis carlinae
flower borer summer generation Pterophoridae Hellinsia carphodactyla
stem borer spring generation Pterophoridae Hellinsia carphodactyla
systemic vagrant Aphididae Protaphis terricola
stem vagrant Aphididae Uroleucon helenae
systemic borer Anguinidae Ditylenchus dipsaci
flower gall Curculionidae Larinus pollinis
flower gall Gelechiidae Metzneria aestivella
flower gall Tephritidae Acanthiophilus helianthi
flower gall Tephritidae Urophora terebrans
leaf down Erysiphales Golovinomyces montagnei
leaf down Peronosporales Bremia lactucae
leaf miner Agromyzidae Amauromyza carlinae
leaf miner Choreutidae Tebenna micalis
leaf miner Depressariidae Agonopterix arenella
leaf miner Depressariidae Agonopterix nanatella
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Puccinia divergens


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 1.xii.2022