Thielaviopsis paradoxa

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Thielaviopsis paradoxa causing stem bleeding on coconut trunk (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Monica Elliott, University of Florida
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Thielaviopsis paradoxa (De Seynes 1886) Höhn. 1904

The fungus is widespread in the tropics and causes various diseases, e.g. the pineapple disease of sugarcane where the fungus enters freshly planted sugarcane cuttings from the soil causing rotting and a smell resembling that of over-ripe pineapples. It infects also other hosts like banana, pineapple or coconut.

Synonyms:
Ceratocystis paradoxa
Ceratostomella paradoxa
Chalara paradoxa
Endoconidiophora paradoxa
Endoconidium fragrans
Ophiostoma paradoxum
Sporoschisma paradoxum
Stilbochalara dimorpha

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Schwarzfäule des Zuckerrohrs
• English: pineapple disease of sugarcane
stem bleeding of coconut palm
• Español: enfermedad del corazón negro de la caña
• Français: maladie de l'ananas