Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Erodium cicutarium

common stork’s-bill

synonym: Erodium aethiopicum, cicutarium subsp. bipinnatum + dunense, glutinosum, praecox

organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
leafleaf spotMycosphaerellaceaeRamularia geranii var. erodii
rootvagrantScutelleridaePhimodera humeralis
seedsvagrantLygaeidaePionosomus varius
seedsvagrantLygaeidaeMegalonotus praetextatus
leafvagrantRhopalidaeCorizus hyoscyami
leafvagrantLygaeidaeEmblethis griseus
fruitvagrantLygaeidaeEmblethis denticollis
rootvagrantCydnidaeByrsinus flavicornis
rootvagrantdoubtfulScutelleridaePhimodera flori
leafvagrantCoreidaeArenocoris fallenii
leafvagrantCoreidaeArenocoris waltlii
leafvagrantRhopalidaeLiorhyssus hyalinus
leafminerZygaenidaeAdscita geryon
leafvagrantNoctuidaeHeliothis peltigera
leafvagrantLasiocampidaeMalacosoma franconica
stemborerCurculionidaeLimobius mixtus
leafvagrantCurculionidaeDonus dauci
unknownunknownCurculionidaeZacladus asperatus
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeAphthona pallida
rootvagrantChrysomelidaeAphthona nigriceps
flowerborerPterophoridaeAmblyptilia punctidactyla
rootvagrantlarvaCurculionidaeConiocleonus nigrosuturatus
root collarborerlarvaCurculionidaeLixus vilis
leafvagrantAphididaeMacrosiphum euphorbiae
leafleaf spotCapnodialesRamularia geranii
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeAphis fabae
systemicborerAnguinidaeDitylenchus dipsaci
fruitgallCecidomyiidaeDasineura geranii
flowergallCurculionidaeLimobius borealis
leafdownErysiphalesErysiphe geraniacearum
leafdownErysiphalesPodosphaera erodii
leafdowndoubtfulPeronosporalesPeronospora conglomerata
leafdownPeronosporalesPeronospora erodii
leafdownPeronosporalesPlasmopara wilsonii
leafminerBuprestidaeHabroloma triangulare
leafminerLycaenidaeAricia agestis
leafpustuleChytridialesSynchytrium papillatum
leafpustuleaeciaPuccinialesAecidium erodii-cicutarii
leafpustuleaeciaPuccinialesPuccinia polygoni-amphibii
leafpustuleaecia uredinia teliaPuccinialesUromyces geranii
root collargallEriophyidaeAceria schlechtendali
rootgallMeloidogynidaeMeloidogyne hapla
leafvagrantAphididaeAcyrthosiphon malvae malvae


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 6.viii.2022