Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

genus Diospyros

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
stem scale Pseudococcidae Phenacoccus madeirensis
leaf scale Coccidae Ceroplastes floridensis
leaf scale Aleyrodidae Bemisia tabaci
stem scale Pseudococcidae Planococcus citri
dead wood borer Cerambycidae Xylotrechus stebbingi
leaf vagrant Tetranychidae Oligonychus perseae
leaf scale Diaspididae Aspidiotus nerii
leaf vagrant Tenuipalpidae Tenuipalpus zhizhilashviliae
stem scale Coccidae Parthenolecanium persicae
stem scale Diaspididae Pseudaulacaspis pentagona
stem scale Coccidae Neopulvinaria innumerabilis
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Pseudocercospora kaki
leaf leaf spot Glomerellaceae Colletotrichum gloeosporioides
leaf leaf spot Venturiaceae Fusicladium levieri
leaf vagrant Thripidae Retithrips syriacus
leaf vagrant Erebidae Hyphantria cunea
leaf hidden Tortricidae Epiphyas postvittana
stem scale Coccidae Ceroplastes japonicus
stem borer Tortricidae Grapholita molesta
stem borer Buprestidae Anthaxia cichorii
leaf scale Aleyrodidae Dialeurodes citri
leaf vagrant Tetranychidae Eutetranychus orientalis
stem borer Curculionidae Hypothenemus eruditus
stem borer Curculionidae Xylosandrus germanus
leaf vagrant Tenuipalpidae Brevipalpus obovatus
stem scale Coccidae Parthenolecanium corni
systemic scale Diaspididae Parlatoria oleae
stem borer Sesiidae Synanthedon spuleri
leaf scale Coccidae Pulvinaria hydrangeae


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 6.ii.2024