Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Asparagus officinalis

synonym: Asparagus altilis, caspius, collinus Schur., polyphyllus

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
flower hidden Thripidae Chirothrips manicatus
flower predator Aeolothripidae Aeolothrips intermedius
leaf scale Diaspididae Aspidiotus nerii
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Aecidium asparagacearum
stem leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Cercospora asparagi
stem scale Pseudococcidae Pseudococcus longispinus
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Anarta trifolii
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Xylena vetusta
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Crioceris macilenta
leaf vagrant Tetranychidae Schizotetranychus asparagi
unknown unknown Chrysomelidae Crioceris bicruciata
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Crioceris duodecimpunctata
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Crioceris quatuordecimpunctata
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Crioceris asparagi
root borer Cossidae Parahypopta caestrum
stem borer Tortricidae Phtheochroa pulvillana
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis gossypii
stem vagrant Aphididae Aphis craccivora
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis spiraecola
flower gall Cecidomyiidae Contarinia florum
leaf miner Agromyzidae Ptochomyza asparagi
leaf miner Agromyzidae Ptochomyza asparagivora
stem borer Agromyzidae Hexomyza simplex
stem gall Tephritidae Plioreocepta poeciloptera
stem miner Agromyzidae Ophiomyia asparagi
stem pustule aecia uredinia telia Pucciniales Puccinia asparagi
stem witches’ broom Aphididae Brachycorynella asparagi


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 17.ix.2023