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Banana leaf speckle (308) Print Fact Sheet


Common Name

Banana speckle, banana leaf speckle, tropical speckle, common speckle. Note, a disease known as "fruit speckle" also exists.

Scientific Name

Metulocladosporiella musae (previous names are Cladosporium musae, and Periconiella sapientumicola), Ramichloridium biverticillatum (Periconiella musae), Ramichloridium musae (Periconiella musae, Veronaea musae), and Mycosphaerella musae are all referred to a 'leaf speckle'. Ramichloridium species are also said to cause 'tropical speckle'1. Mycosphaerella musae is also called 'common speckle'. Colletotrichum musae and Fusarium species cause 'fruit speckle' in Australia.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson & Eric McKenzie
1Information from Graham KM (1971) Plant diseases of Fiji. Her Majesty's Stationery Office. London; and (with Photos 2-5) from  2Diseases of fruit crops in Australia (2009). Editors, Tony Cooke, Denis Persley, Susan House. CSIRO Publishing. Photo 1 (taken by Eric McKenzie), and used in this fact sheet, appeared previously in McKenzie E (2013) Ramichloridium biverticillatum PaDIL - (

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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