Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

genus Minuartia

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf leaf spot Pleosporaceae Stemphylium lucomagnoense
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Septoria vandasii
root vagrant Scutelleridae Phimodera flori
leaf pustule telia Pucciniales Uromyces scleranthi
fruit vagrant Geometridae Eupithecia undata
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Caradrina gilva
fruit vagrant Geometridae Eupithecia graphata
leaf vagrant Geometridae Euphyia frustata
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Cassida flaveola
leaf vagrant Curculionidae Hypera arator
leaf vagrant Curculionidae Hypera diversipunctata
root collar scale Eriococcidae Rhizococcus munroi
root scale Pseudococcidae Mirococcopsis brevipilosa
root scale Coccidae Rhizopulvinaria artemisiae
leaf hidden Gelechiidae Caryocolum laceratella
leaf hidden Tortricidae Sphaleroptera alpicolana
leaf hidden Gelechiidae Caryocolum mucronatella
flower gall doubtful Urocystidales Thecaphora saponariae
flower gall Curculionidae Sibinia primita
fruit borer larva Curculionidae Sibinia hopffgarteni
flower gall Microbotryales Microbotryum minuartiae
leaf down Erysiphales Erysiphe buhrii
leaf miner Coleophoridae Coleophora nubivagella
leaf miner Coleophoridae Coleophora retrodentella
leaf miner Gelechiidae Caryocolum alsinella
leaf miner doubtful Gelechiidae Caryocolum vicinella
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Uromyces alsinis
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Uromyces petitmenginii
leaf pustule telia Pucciniales Puccinia arenariae
leaf pustule telia Pucciniales Puccinia hysteriiformis
stem borer Anthomyiidae Delia florilega


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 12.xi.2022