Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Genista germanica

synonym: Genista heterocantha

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf vagrant adult Curculionidae Polydrusus confluens
root vagrant Curculionidae Stasiodis parvulus
leaf vagrant Geometridae Ematurga atomaria
leaf vagrant Geometridae Chesias rufata
leaf vagrant Lycaenidae Plebejus idas
leaf vagrant Lycaenidae Callophrys rubi
leaf miner Gelechiidae Aproaerema cincticulella
root borer Buprestidae Agrilus antiquus
fruit borer larva Apionidae Exapion corniculatum
leaf vagrant Tenthredinidae Rhogogaster picta
leaf vagrant Tenthredinidae Rhogogaster genistae
leaf hidden Gelechiidae Syncopacma cinctella
unknown unknown Gelechiidae Aristotelia subericinella
leaf hidden Gelechiidae Mirificarma interrupta
leaf hidden Crambidae Eurrhypis pollinalis
leaf hidden Gelechiidae Mirificarma lentiginosella
leaf vagrant Psyllidae Livilla ulicis
leaf vagrant Tingidae Dictyonota strichnocera
leaf bud borer Gelechiidae Mirificarma mulinella
root vagrant larva Curculionidae Sitona striatellus
unknown borer larva Apionidae Pirapion redemptum
fruit borer larva Apionidae Exapion compactum
fruit borer larva Apionidae Exapion formaneki
fruit borer larva Apionidae Exapion difficile
stem vagrant Aphididae Acyrthosiphon pisum
leaf vagrant Psyllidae Livilla cognata
stem miner Nepticulidae Trifurcula orientella
unknown unknown doubtful Nepticulidae Trifurcula beirnei
fruit gall Cecidomyiidae Asphondylia genistae
flower gall Cecidomyiidae Jaapiella genisticola
leaf down Erysiphales Erysiphe trifoliorum
leaf miner Agromyzidae Agromyza pulla
leaf miner Apionidae Oryxolaemus flavifemoratus
leaf miner Coleophoridae Coleophora hartigi
leaf miner Gracillariidae Micrurapteryx kollariella
leaf miner Gracillariidae Phyllonorycter fraxinella
leaf miner Lyonetiidae Leucoptera genistae
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Uromyces genistae
stem gall Cecidomyiidae Contarinia melanocera


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 24.iii.2023