Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cistus creticus

synonym: Cistus incanus & subsp. creticus, polymorphus, villosus

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf scale Aleyrodidae Bemisia tabaci
flower hidden Thripidae Tenothrips frici
flower hidden Thripidae Thrips trehernei
flower predator Aeolothripidae Aeolothrips collaris
flower hidden Thripidae Frankliniella occidentalis
leaf hidden Thripidae Thrips tabaci
leaf vagrant Phlaeothripidae Haplothrips aculeatus
stem vagrant Issidae Tshurtshurnella alanyana
stem vagrant Issidae Latilica oertzeni
stem vagrant Issidae Agalmatium bilobum
leaf vagrant Tenuipalpidae Pentamerismus tauricus
leaf vagrant Erebidae Ophiusa tirhaca
leaf miner Chrysomelidae Dicladispa testacea
fruit borer Gelechiidae Mesophleps corsicella
leaf vagrant Lygaeidae Macroplax fasciata
predator Miridae Macrolophus costalis
leaf vagrant Miridae Pachyxyphus lineellus
stem borer Cerambycidae Trichoferus antonioui
stem borer Cerambycidae Trichoferus berberidis
root borer Cerambycidae Trichoferus magnanii
stem borer Cerambycidae Purpuricenus ferrugineus
leaf vagrant Erebidae Lymantria dispar
fruit borer Chrysomelidae Bruchidius biguttatus
leaf vagrant Aphalaridae Lisronia varicicosta
leaf down Erysiphales Oidiopsis cisti
leaf miner Coleophoridae Coleophora bilineella
leaf miner Gracillariidae Triberta cistifoliella
leaf miner Nepticulidae Parafomoria pseudocistivora


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 5.ii.2024