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One of my lilly pillies has recently presented with small blackish/purpleish/burgundyish spots on many of the leaves. The plant seems otherwise healthy, with regular new growth and no abnormal leaf-drop. I've searched online, and it seems to be an uncommon problem. It doesn't look like Myrtle Rust (though I haven't ruled it out completely) and it's definitely not Black Sooty Mold. I've attached a photo of both leaf sides. Can you shed any light on this?

Australian Natives • Diseases

Yes, the disease is most certainly Myrtle Rust. We recommend removing infected plants. Carefully wet the plants before removal to dampen any spores that are likely to be dispersed during removal. Check with local agricultural authorities for more information regarding disposal.



Answered: 13 Apr, 2016

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