Royal Palm Bug Damage

Symptoms

Leaflets of new leaves emerge chlorotic (Fig. 1) and quickly become desiccated. Old damage remains on the tree as leaflet necrosis on mid- to lower canopy leaves (Fig. 2).

May be confused with

The chlorotic new leaves can be confused with iron deficiency, whereas the necrotic leaflets in the mid to lower canopy are similar to those of potassium deficient palms.

Cause

Sucking damage by the royal palm bug (Xylastodoris luteolus) is responsible for the symptoms observed.

Occurrence

The royal palm bug (Xylastodoris luteolus) infests only Roystonea regia in Cuba and Florida.

Last updated May 2015

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