Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

genus Ulex

organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
flowerhiddenThripidaeOdontothrips ignobilis
flowerhiddenThripidaeOdontothrips ulicis
flowerborerNitidulidaeGenistogethes immundus
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeGonioctena aegrota
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeGonioctena olivacea
fruitborerChrysomelidaeBruchidius lividimanus
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeCalomicrus circumfusus
stemminerGracillariidaePhyllonorycter echinosparti
unknownunknownApionidaeStenopterapion dubium
flowerhiddenThripidaeThrips flavus
fruitborerTortricidaeCydia negatana
unknownunknownTortricidaePhiledonides seeboldiana
leafhiddenDepressariidaeAgonopterix nervosa
unknownunknownScythrididaeScythris salviella
leafhiddenScythrididaeScythris scipionella
leafhiddenScythrididaeScythris grandipennis
leafhiddenDepressariidaeAgonopterix umbellana
leafhiddenCrambidaeEurrhypis guttulalis
flowerhiddenGelechiidaeMirificarma ulicinella
leafhiddenPyralidaePempelia genistella
leafvagrantPyralidaeUresiphita gilvata
leafhiddenGelechiidaeAnarsia spartiella
leafvagrantPsyllidaeLivilla cataloniensis
leafvagrantPsyllidaeLivilla ulicis
fruitborerTortricidaeGrapholita internana
leafhiddenTortricidaeGrapholita lathyrana
fruitborerTortricidaeCydia ulicetana
fruitborerTortricidaeCydia succedana
fruitvagrantColeophoridaeColeophora albicosta
leaf budborerGelechiidaeMirificarma mulinella
rootvagrantlarvaCurculionidaeSitona striatellus
rootvagrantlarvaCurculionidaeAndrion regensteinense
stemgallApionidaePirapion immune
leafvagrantadultApionidaeExapion fuscirostre
unknownborerlarvadoubtfulApionidaeStenopterapion cantabricum
fruitborerlarvaCurculionidaePachytychius sparsutus
fruitgalllarvaApionidaeExapion ulicis
leafscaleDiaspididaeAspidiotus nerii
stemscaleDiaspididaeMercetaspis benitezi
stemscaleDiaspididaeDiaspidiotus cecconii
rootborerSesiidaeBembecia uroceriformis
rootborerCurculionidaeHylastinus obscurus
leaf budgallEriophyidaeAceria genistae
stemgallEriococcidaeRhizococcus devoniensis
leafvagrantdoubtfulPsyllidaeArytaina genistae
stemminerGracillariidaePhyllonorycter ulicicolella
fruitgallUrocystidalesThecaphora ulicis
flowergallApionidaeProtopirapion atratulum
flowergallsummer generationCecidomyiidaeAsphondylia ulicis
flowergallCecidomyiidaeDasineura gallica
leaf budgallspring generationCecidomyiidaeAsphondylia ulicis
leaf budgallCecidomyiidaeDasineura ulicis
leafminerAgromyzidaeAgromyza johannae
leafminerColeophoridaeColeophora saturatella
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesUromyces ulicis
stemgallApionidaeStenopterapion scutellare
stemvagrantAphididaeAphis craccivora
stemvagrantAphididaeAphis ulicis


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 10.viii.2020