Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Abies sibirica

siberian fir

synonym: Abies picta

organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
flowerborerTorymidaeMegastigmus specularis
flowerborerTorymidaeMegastigmus suspectus
stemborerCurculionidaeCryphalus saltuarius
stemborerCurculionidaePityophthorus micrographus
stemborerCurculionidaeIps typographus
stemborerCurculionidaeXylechinus pilosus
stemborerCurculionidaeCrypturgus cinereus
leafgallAphididaeMindarus abietinus
leafgallsummer generationAphididaeDreyfusia nordmannianae
leafpustuleaeciaPuccinialesPucciniastrum goeppertianum
leafvagrantsummer generationAdelgidaeAphrastasia pectinatae
stemgallAphididaeDreyfusia piceae
stemvagrantAphididaeCinara confinis
stemvagrantAphididaeCinara pectinatae
rootvagrantsummer generationAphididaeProciphilus fraxini


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 23.iii.2021