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Cephaleuros virescens
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Infestation of C. virescens on a Magnolia leaf.
Kingdom

Plantae

Phylum/Division

Chlorophyta

Class

Ulvophyceae

Order

Trentepohliales

Family

Trentepohliaceae

Genus

Cephaleuros

Species

C. virescens

Cephaleuros virescens is a species of green algae in the Trentepohliaceae family. It is a common plant pathogen in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. Though it is mainly harmless to plants, it can effect economy by lowering rates of photosynthesis in its hosts and making the fruits appear damaged with spots.

Cephaleuros virescens can reproduce sexually and asexually. When its spores come in contact with a plant, it will grow on the epidermis of the leaves, stem, or fruit.

In Hawaii, Cephaleuros virescens has caused some economic damage to the Guava industry.

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