Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Luzula luzuloides

white wood-rush

synonym: Luzula albida

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf scale Eriococcidae Anophococcus pseudinsignis
leaf scale Coccidae Luzulaspis luzulae
leaf scale Eriococcidae Anophococcus insignis
leaf vagrant Thripidae Aptinothrips stylifer
leaf predator Aeolothripidae Aeolothrips albicinctus
leaf vagrant Phlaeothripidae Haplothrips aculeatus
leaf leaf spot Phaeosphaeriaceae Phaeosphaeria epicalamia
stem borer Noctuidae Oligia versicolor
stem borer Noctuidae Mesoligia furuncula
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Stilbia anomala
leaf scale Coccidae Luzulaspis nemorosa
leaf hidden Tortricidae Clepsis steineriana
leaf hidden Tortricidae Lozotaenia forsterana
stem borer Glyphipterigidae Glyphipterix bergstraesserella
leaf vagrant Aphididae Sitobion avenae
fruit gall Ustilaginales Stegocintractia luzulae
leaf miner Agromyzidae Cerodontha carpatica
leaf miner Elachistidae Elachista gleichenella
leaf miner Elachistidae Elachista quadripunctella
leaf miner Elachistidae Elachista trapeziella
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Puccinia obscura
leaf stripe Urocystidales Urocystis luzulae


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 10.ii.2024