Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Asphodelus ramosus

branched asphodel

synonym: Asphodelus microcarpus Viv., nervosus

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
unknown borer Cerambycidae Agapanthia asphodeli
leaf vagrant Miridae Horistus orientalis
leaf vagrant Miridae Dionconotus confluens
fruit vagrant Lygaeidae Horvathiolus canariensis
stem borer Cerambycidae Agapanthia lopadusae
leaf vagrant Erebidae Ocnogyna baetica
leaf vagrant Sphingidae Hyles livornica
fruit borer Eurytomidae Bruchophagus abscedus
fruit borer Eurytomidae Bruchophagus ribesi
fruit borer Eurytomidae Bruchophagus insulare
fruit borer Eurytomidae Aximopsis balajasi
stem borer Tortricidae Avaria hyerana
leaf gall Tortricidae Clepsis unicolorana
leaf pustule aecia telia Pucciniales Puccinia asphodeli
leaf pustule Urocystidales Urocystis asphodeli


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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