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Tarsonemid mites


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Symptoms

The symptoms are distorted leaves that are often brown and rusty-looking at the base. Flowers can also be distorted, hairy-looking, with a darker colour than usual and blotchy.

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Tarsonemid mites are hard to see to the naked eye. They are tiny (up to 0.25 mm) long, with rounded, shiny cream-brown bodies. They are fairly slow moving and feed inside buds, shoot tips and in leaf sheaths.

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