Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Vicia cassubica

danzig vetch

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf leaf spot Tretovularia villiana
leaf vagrant Zygaenidae Zygaena viciae
fruit borer Chrysomelidae Bruchus libanensis
fruit gall Curculionidae Tychius quinquepunctatus
fruit borer larva Apionidae Eutrichapion viciae
stem gall Apionidae Eutrichapion facetum
fruit borer Chrysomelidae Bruchus atomarius
fruit borer larva Apionidae Eutrichapion ervi
fruit borer larva Apionidae Oxystoma craccae
leaf down Peronosporales Peronospora viciae
leaf gall Cecidomyiidae Dasineura viciae
flower gall Cecidomyiidae Contarinia craccae
leaf down Erysiphales Erysiphe baeumleri
leaf down Erysiphales Erysiphe pisi var. pisi
leaf pustule aecia uredinia telia Pucciniales Uromyces viciae-fabae
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Uromyces fischeri-eduardi
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Uromyces verrucosae-craccae
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Uromyces viciae-craccae
leaf gall Aphididae Aphis craccae


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 31.vii.2022