Leaf speckle

Mycosphaerella musae

A smoky discolouration of the undersides of the leaves if that first sign of speckle. The leaves yellow in the affected areas, and the characteristic dark-brown to black dots or speckles gradually develop.

Badly affected leaves may yellow all over and hang down around the pseudo-stem. Fruit production will be reduced.

Spores are spread by wind. Germination is more likely on the lower sides of leaves which are shaded and remain moist longer.

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