Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

genus Linum

organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
fruitvagrantLygaeidaeNysius ericae
leafvagrantScutelleridaeOdontotarsus purpureolineatus
leafvagrantMiridaeGlobiceps sordidus
leafvagrantdoubtfulNoctuidaeCalophasia hamifera
leafvagrantNoctuidaeHeliothis ononis
leafvagrantNoctuidaeThysanoplusia orichalcea
leafvagrantNoctuidaeAutographa gamma
leafvagrantdoubtfulNoctuidaeTyta luctuosa
leafvagrantNoctuidaeSpodoptera exigua
leafvagrantGeometridaePhaiogramma faustinata
leafminerGelechiidaeAproaerema linella
leafvagrantTingidaeLasiacantha gracilis
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeAphthona rugipennis
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeLongitarsus parvulus
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeAphthona euphorbiae
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeAphthona atrovirens
leafvagrantThripidaeThrips linarius
leafhiddenThripidaeThrips angusticeps
leafoviposition scareggTenthredinidaeRhogogaster chambersi
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeRhogogaster chambersi
fruitborerTortricidaeCochylis epilinana
leafhiddenTortricidaeCnephasia pasiuana
flowerhiddenThripidaeThrips nigropilosus
root collarvagrantAphididaeAphis linorum
leafminerAgromyzidaeChromatomyia horticola
stemvagrantAphididaeAphis lini
stemminerNepticulidaeGlaucolepis bleonella
stemvagrantAphididaeAphis craccivora
unknownvagrantAphididaeAcyrthosiphon ilka
systemicborerAnguinidaeDitylenchus dipsaci
flowergallCecidomyiidaeContarinia lini
leaf budgallCecidomyiidaeDasineura sampaina
leafdownErysiphalesGolovinomyces orontii
leafdownErysiphalesLeveillula taurica
leafdowndoubtfulErysiphalesPodosphaera lini
leafdownPeronosporalesPeronospora lini
leafleaf spotEntylomatalesEntyloma lini
leafgallEriophyidaeAceria lini
leafminerAgromyzidaeLiriomyza strigata
leafminerAgromyzidaeLiriomyza xanthocera
leafminerColeophoridaeColeophora striolatella
leafminerPsychidaeApterona helicoidella
leafpustuleaecia uredinia teliaPuccinialesMelampsora liniperda
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesMelampsora lini
stemborerAgromyzidaeNapomyza lateralis
rootgallMeloidogynidaeMeloidogyne hapla
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeAphis fabae fabae


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 11.iv.2022