Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Lathyrus niger

black pea

synonym: Orobus niger

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Ramularia deusta
fruit vagrant Coreidae Nemocoris falleni
leaf vagrant Zygaenidae Zygaena osterodensis
leaf vagrant Pieridae Leptidea morsei
fruit gall Curculionidae Tychius quinquepunctatus
fruit borer Chrysomelidae Bruchus viciae
fruit borer Chrysomelidae Bruchus atomarius
leaf miner Tortricidae Ancylis badiana
fruit borer Tortricidae Grapholita orobana
leaf hidden Tortricidae Grapholita jungiella
leaf hidden Tortricidae Cnephasia incertana
fruit borer Elachistidae Heinemannia laspeyrella
leaf gall Cecidomyiidae Lathyromyza schlechtendali
flower gall Cecidomyiidae Dasineura silvestris
stem vagrant Aphididae Aphis craccivora
leaf down Erysiphales Erysiphe trifoliorum
leaf down Peronosporales Peronospora senneniana
leaf miner Agromyzidae Agromyza lathyri
leaf miner Agromyzidae Agromyza orobi
leaf miner Agromyzidae Liriomyza bryoniae
leaf miner Agromyzidae Liriomyza congesta
leaf miner Agromyzidae Liriomyza pisivora
leaf miner Cosmopterigidae Cosmopterix schmidiella
leaf miner Gracillariidae Sauterina hofmanniella
leaf pustule Chytridiales Synchytrium viride
leaf pustule aecia uredinia telia Pucciniales Uromyces viciae-fabae
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Uromyces pisi


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 22.vii.2022