Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Lathyrus vernus

spring pea

synonym: Orobus vernus

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf leaf spot Didymellaceae Ascochyta cytisi
leaf leaf spot Didymellaceae Ascochyta lathyri
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Septoria fulvescens
leaf leaf spot Capnodiales Ramularia deusta
leaf vagrant Zygaenidae Zygaena osterodensis
leaf vagrant Pieridae Leptidea morsei
fruit borer larva Apionidae Eutrichapion ervi
fruit borer larva Apionidae Eutrichapion melancholicum
fruit borer larva Apionidae Oxystoma subulatum
root vagrant Chrysomelidae Derocrepis rufipes
fruit borer Chrysomelidae Bruchus atomarius
fruit borer Chrysomelidae Bruchus loti
leaf vagrant Argidae Aprosthema hyalinopterum
leaf vagrant Argidae Aprosthema tardum
leaf vagrant Tenthredinidae Euura incompleta
leaf miner Tortricidae Ancylis badiana
fruit borer Elachistidae Heinemannia laspeyrella
fruit borer larva Apionidae Oxystoma opeticum
fruit borer larva Apionidae Oxystoma ochropus
stem borer larva Apionidae Synapion ebeninum
fruit gall Curculionidae Tychius quinquepunctatus
leaf bud gall Cecidomyiidae Dasineura lathyricola
leaf down Erysiphales Erysiphe trifoliorum
leaf down Peronosporales Peronospora lathyri-verni
leaf gall Cecidomyiidae Macrolabis orobi
leaf miner Agromyzidae Agromyza orobi
leaf miner Agromyzidae Liriomyza bryoniae
leaf miner Gracillariidae Phyllonorycter nigrescentella
leaf pustule Chytridiales Synchytrium viride
leaf pustule aecia uredinia telia Pucciniales Uromyces viciae-fabae
leaf gall Aphididae Megoura viciae
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Uromyces pisi
stem vagrant Aphididae Megoura litoralis


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.x.2022