Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Acer opalus

italian maple

synonym: Acer italum, opulifolium

organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
fruitborerlarvaCurculionidaeBradybatus creutzeri
fruitborerlarvaCurculionidaeBradybatus kellneri
leafscalerarelyAleyrodidaeAleurochiton pseudoplatani
leafminerGracillariidaeCaloptilia rufipennella
leafvagrantAphididaePeriphyllus bulgaricus
leaf budgallEriophyidaeAceria vermicularis
leafdowndoubtfulErysiphalesErysiphe syringae-japonicae
leafdownErysiphalesSawadaea bicornis
leafleaf spotRhytismatalesRhytisma acerinum
leafgallCecidomyiidaeAcericecis vitrina
leafgallCecidomyiidaeContarinia acerplicans
leafgallCynipidaePediaspis aceris
leafgallrarelyEriophyidaeAceria macrorhyncha
leafgallEriophyidaeAceria opulifolii
leafgallEriophyidaeAculops acericola
leafminerGracillariidaePhyllonorycter ochreojunctella
leafminerNepticulidaeStigmella speciosa
leafvagrantAphididaePeriphyllus testudinaceus
leafvagrantAphididaeDrepanosiphum aceris
leafvagrantAphididaeDrepanosiphum oregonensis
leafvagrantAphididaePeriphyllus acericola
flowergallrarelyAphididaePeriphyllus aceris


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.


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