Thielaviopsis Trunk Rot of Palm
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Elliott, Monica L. 2019. “Thielaviopsis Trunk Rot of Palm: PP-219/PP143, 1/2006”. EDIS 2006 (1). Gainesville, FL.


Thielaviopsis paradoxa is a fungus that can infect any part of a palm, and so can cause numerous diseases. In Florida, the two most frequent (and usually lethal) Thielaviopsis diseases observed in the landscape and field nursery are a bud (heart) rot and trunk rot. Thielaviopsis bud rot is discussed at This document is PP-219, one of a series of the Plant Pathology Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date January 2006.

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