dwarf mallow

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Myzus persicae
root collar vagrant Aphididae Brachycaudus malvae
leaf vagrant Aphididae Macrosiphum euphorbiae
leaf down Erysiphales Leveillula contractirostris
leaf miner Agromyzidae Agromyza brunnicosa
leaf miner Buprestidae Trachys troglodytiformis
leaf miner Gracillariidae Dialectica hedemanni
leaf miner Psychidae Apterona helicoidella
leaf pustule telia Pucciniales Puccinia malvacearum
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis fabae
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis althaeae
leaf vagrant Aphididae Acyrthosiphon malvae malvae
leaf gall Aphididae Aphis umbrella


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.


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.


mod 30.iii.2018