Leaf galls on a rainforest plant

Leaf galls on a rainforest plant

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Caption: Leaf galls. Long pointed galls on the surface of the leaf of a rainforest plant (family Melastomataceae). Galls are abnormal localised swellings or outgrowths produced by a plant as a result of parasitic attack. Some insects lay their eggs in leaves or stems of plants, and the developing larvae produce substances which stimulate tumorous growth in the surrounding plant tissue. These masses of tissue provide the larvae with a food supply and protection from predators. Galls can also be caused by bacteria, fungi, and mites, or by a combination of these agents. Photographed in Ecuador.

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Keywords: botany, disease, diseases, gall, gall on leaf, in gall on leaf, larva, larva in leaf gall, leaf gall, leaf galls, melastomataceae, nature, on leaf, parasite, pathogens, pathology, plant, plant parasite, pointy, rainforest plant

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