Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mentha arvensis

corn mint

synonym: Mentha agrestis, austriaca, latifolia Host., nemorosa, palustris Moench, parietariifolia

organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
leafleaf spotDidymellaceaeAscochyta leonuri
leafvagrantCrambidaePsammotis pulveralis
leafscaleAleyrodidaeAleyrodes lonicerae
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeLongitarsus fulgens
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeLongitarsus juncicola
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeLongitarsus lycopi
leafhiddenCrambidaePyrausta aurata
stemborerlarvaCurculionidaeDatonychus arquata
stemborerlarvaCurculionidaeDatonychus melanostictus
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeLongitarsus bertii
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeChrysolina staphylaea
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeLongitarsus ferrugineus
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeChrysolina polita
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeChrysolina herbacea
root collarborerTortricidaeEndothenia quadrimaculana
leafhiddenGelechiidaeAcompsia schmidtiellus
leafhiddenPyralidaeMoitrelia obductella
rootborerTortricidaeEndothenia ericetana
leafleaf spotCapnodialesRamularia lamii
root collarborerlarvaApionidaeSquamapion flavimanum
leafgallEriophyidaeAceria megacera
systemicborerAnguinidaeDitylenchus dipsaci
fruitgallCecidomyiidaeAsphondylia menthae
flowerdownPeronosporalesPeronospora stigmaticola
leafdownErysiphalesGolovinomyces monardae
leafgallEriophyidaeAceria mentharia
leafminerAgromyzidaePhytomyza tetrasticha
leafminerChrysomelidaeDibolia occultans
leafminerColeophoridaeColeophora albitarsella
leafpustuleaecia uredinia teliaPuccinialesPuccinia menthae
leafvagrantEriophyidaeAculops clinopodii
leafvagrantEriophyidaeAculops hamatus
stemgallApionidaeSquamapion vicinum
rootgallMeloidogynidaeMeloidogyne hapla
leafgallAphididaeAphis affinis
leafvagrantAphididaeOvatus mentharius
leafgallsummer generationAphididaeOvatus crataegarius


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 23.vii.2022