Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Rumex obtusifolius

broad-leaved dock

synonym: Rumex sylvestris

organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
leafleaf spotMycosphaerellaceaeRamularia rumicis
fruitvagrantCoreidaeCoreus marginatus
leafvagrantNoctuidaeDiarsia brunnea
leafvagrantNoctuidaeNoctua fimbriata
leafvagrantNoctuidaeAmmoconia caecimacula
leafvagrantNoctuidaeCaradrina morpheus
leafvagrantNoctuidaePhlogophora meticulosa
leafminerZygaenidaeAdscita statices
leafvagrantNoctuidaeAcronicta rumicis
leafvagrantErebidaeArctia caja
stemborerNoctuidaeHydraecia micacea
leafvagrantGeometridaeAlcis repandata
leafvagrantGeometridaeEctropis crepuscularia
leafvagrantGeometridaeXanthorhoe montanata
leafvagrantGeometridaeTimandra comae
leafvagrantLycaenidaeLycaena phlaeas
leafvagrantLycaenidaeLycaena dispar
rootvagrantlarvaCurculionidaeStrophosoma melanogrammum
flowerhiddenThripidaeThrips flavus
rootborerChrysomelidaeChaetocnema concinna
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeGastrophysa viridula
leafminerCurculionidaeHypera rumicis
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeEuura vicina
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeEuura annulata
leafhiddenTortricidaeSpilonota ocellana
leafgallAphrophoridaePhilaenus spumarius
stemborerlarvaApionidaePerapion hydrolapathi
rootborerlarvadoubtfulCurculionidaeAmalus scortillum
root collarborerlarvaCurculionidaeRhinoncus pericarpius
root collarborerlarvaCurculionidaeRhinoncus bosnicus
stemborerlarvamainApionidaePerapion violaceum
stemborerUnknown code!ApionidaePerapion curtirostre
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeAphis fabae fabae
rootvagrantsummer generationAphididaeAphis sambuci
rootgallSesiidaePyropteron triannuliformis
rootborerSesiidaePyropteron doryliformis
rootborerSesiidaePyropteron chrysidiformis
leafleaf spotCapnodialesRamularia pratensis
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeAphis nasturtii
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeAphis fabae solanella
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeAphis fabae fabae
flowergallCecidomyiidaeContarinia rumicis
flowergallCecidomyiidaeContarinia scutati
leafleaf spotCapnodialesRamularia rubella
leafgallmainAphididaeAphis rumicis
leafgallPsyllidaeAphalara purpurascens
leafminerAnthomyiidaePegomya bicolor
leafminerAnthomyiidaePegomya haemorrhoum
leafminermainAnthomyiidaePegomya solennis
leafminerChrysomelidaeMantura rustica
leafminerGracillariidaeCalybites phasianipennella
leafpustuleMicrobotryalesMicrobotryum parlatorei
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPucciniaceaeSchroeteriaster alpinus
leafpustuleaeciaPuccinialesPuccinia phragmitis
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesUromyces rumicis
leafvagrantEriophyidaeEpitrimerus rumicis
stemborerApionidaeApion frumentarium
stemdownErysiphalesErysiphe polygoni
stemgallScathophaghidaeNorellisoma spinimanum
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeAphis fabae
root collarvagrantsummer generationAphididaeDysaphis radicola


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 26.vii.2022