Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Potentilla reptans

creeping cinquefoil

organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
predatorPteromalidaePteromalus isarchus
predatorOrmyridaeOrmyrus rufimanus
leafvagrantadultCurculionidaePaophilus afflatus
leafvagrantadultCurculionidaePseudomyllocerus sinuatus
leafvagrantadultdoubtfulCurculionidaePhyllobius thalassinus
rootvagrantlarvaCurculionidaeOtiorhynchus scaber
leafvagrantNoctuidaeNoctua pronuba
leafvagrantNoctuidaeNoctua comes
leafvagrantNoctuidaeNoctua fimbriata
leafvagrantNoctuidaeMamestra brassicae
flowervagrantNoctuidaeElaphria venustula
fruithiddenHesperiidaePyrgus cinarae
leafhiddenHesperiidaePyrgus carthami
leafvagrantErebidaeCallimorpha dominula
leafvagrantLasiocampidaeMacrothylacia rubi
leafvagrantSaturniidaeSaturnia pavonia
leafhiddenHesperiidaePyrgus malvae
leafhiddenHesperiidaePyrgus malvoides
leafhiddenHesperiidaePyrgus armoricanus
leafhiddenHesperiidaePyrgus alveus
leafhiddenHesperiidaePyrgus serratulae
leafhiddenHesperiidaePyrgus cirsii
leafhiddenHesperiidaePyrgus onopordi
rootborerBuprestidaeCoraebus elatus
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeBatophila aerata
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeMacrophya annulata
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeMacrophya diversipes
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeMacrophya militaris
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeClaremontia brevicornis
leafvagrantTenthredinidaeClaremontia puncticeps
flowerhiddenThripidaeFrankliniella intonsa
leafleaf spotCapnodialesRamularia grevilleana
leafdownErysiphalesPodosphaera aphanis
leafdownPeronosporalesPeronospora potentillae-reptantis
leafgallCynipidaeXestophanes potentillae
leafgallEriophyidaePhyllocoptes parvulus
leafminerAgromyzidaeAgromyza idaeiana
leafminerAgromyzidaeAgromyza sulfuriceps
leafminerBuprestidaeTrachys fragariae
leafminerIncurvariidaeIncurvaria praelatella
leafminerNepticulidaeStigmella aeneofasciella
leafminerNepticulidaeStigmella tormentillella
leafminerTenthredinidaeFenella nigrita
leafoviposition scardoubtfulTenthredinidaeEmpria testaceipes
leafpustuleBlastocladialesPhysoderma vagans
leafpustuleChytridialesSynchytrium aureum
leafpustuleChytridialesSynchytrium globosum
leafpustuleaecia uredinia teliaPuccinialesPhragmidium potentillae
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesFrommeëlla tormentillae
leafvagrantAphididaeAphis tormentillae
leafvagrantEriophyidaeEpitrimerus jaceae
leafvagrantTriozidaeBactericera lyrata
leafvagrantAphididaeAphis gossypii
root collarvagrantAphididaeAphis roepkei


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 9.vii.2022