Linospora Leaf Blotch,
Black stromata on diseased leaf.
Brown blotches with feathery margins caused by linospora leaf blotch.
Vancouver Island, Fraser River, and Mid-Coast of B.C.
TREE SPECIES ATTACKED: Black cottonwood, balsam poplar, and hybrid poplars are attacked.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Large, irregular-shaped, brownish-grey blotches on leaves with feathery margins. Blotches with light brown centres and black rectangular spots (stromata).
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS: Large, irregular-shaped, brownish-grey blotches appear along leaf veins. The margins of the blotches look feathery in appearance. The blotch centres later turn light brown with black, rectangular spots (0.5 mm). Entire leaves are often affected.
DAMAGE: Native cottonwood in coastal plantations can be severely defoliated. In hybrid poplars, the lower canopy is most frequently attacked. Localized epidemics can cause significant economic losses in intensively managed broadleaf stands. Plantations in the Fraser River delta have had low to moderate foliar damage.
SIMILAR DAMAGE: Early stages of leaf damage may be confused with
Septoria populicola and Marssonina spp. A closer examination of the leaf blotch will identify the characteristic feathery margins, which distinguish
Linospora tetraspora from the above foliar diseases.
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Last updated March 04, 2002