Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

genus Melica

organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
leafvagrantUnknown code!CicadellidaeAllygidius commutatus
rootvagrantlarvaCercopidaeHaematoloma dorsata
leafvagrantThripidaeAptinothrips rufus
flowerhiddenThripidaeChirothrips ambulans
stemborerChloropidaeOscinimorpha sordidissima
stemborerChloropidaeOscinella vindicata
leafscaleEriococcidaeAcanthococcus greeni
leafvagrantEriophyidaeAceria aculiformis
leafminer>borerOchsenheimeriidaeOchsenheimeria urella
leafdownErysiphales ErysiphaceaeBlumeria graminis
leafgallEriophyidaeAbacarus hystrix
leafminerAgromyzidaeCerodontha incisa
leafminermainAgromyzidaeCerodontha melicae
leafminerAgromyzidaeCerodontha pygmaea
leafminerAgromyzidaeChromatomyia norwegica
leafminerElachistidaeElachista albidella
leafminerElachistidaeElachista apicipunctella
leafminerElachistidaeElachista atricomella
leafminerElachistidaeElachista cinereopunctella
leafminerElachistidaeElachista compsa
leafminerElachistidaeElachista gangabella
leafminerElachistidaeElachista luticomella
leafminerElachistidaeElachista obliquella
leafminerElachistidaeElachista subalbidella
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesPuccinia coronata
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesPuccinia erikssonii
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesPuccinia graminis
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesPuccinia melicae
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesPuccinia petasites-melicae
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesPuccinia trebouxii
leafpustuleUstilaginalesUstilago trebouxii
leafstripeuredinia teliaPuccinialesUromyces graminis
leafstripeTilletialesTilletia melicae
leafstripeUrocystidalesUrocystis melicae
leafstripeUstilaginalesUstilago striiformis
stemgallCecidomyiidaeMayetiola buhri

leafvagrantAphididaeSipha glyceriae
leafvagrantAphididaeSitobion avenae
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeSitobion fragariae
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeRhopalosiphum padi


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 11.i.2021