enter image description here Plant :Alstonia Appearance:Blisters (gall) on both sides,cutting galls leaves white fluid. After some time holes apppears in the blisters.so it seems some insect laid eggs. What kind of disease is this? It seems to be some kind of blisters on the leaves of a decorative plant. I'm guessing some insect laid eggs in it for eggs nourishment.

Would you please identify them and tell me how to treat them?

  • Interesting question and a good picture. Do you know what plant this is? Might be helpful figuring out the problem.
    – GardenerJ
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 18:25
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    What part of the world is the plant growing in? Is there anything odd underneath the leaves as well?
    – Bamboo
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 18:40
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    These are usually leaf galls. It would help knowing which plant this is. Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 19:29
  • Where are our entomologists? Was it Ben?
    – stormy
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 1:44
  • Plant is "ALSTONIA" , i have checked the blister by cutting it , only white fluid comes out. Observed hole in the blisters after days so i gussed it could be an egg.Apperance is same on both side of the leaves.same plants in healthy condition exists in same soil condition and environment near this very plant.
    – Atul
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 10:27

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Alstonia scholaris (L.) R. Br. is a very beautiful ornamental tree, which is commonly known as pagoda tree because of its pagoda like growing habit. It is commonly infected by the Homopteran, Pauropsylla tuberculata Crawf which leads to unsightly gall formation on the leaves as pictured. The gall is the leaf response to the infection by the parasite which in turn sustains the growing insect. If there is a hole in the gall, the insect has likely already left.


  • Cool ID!! And excellent answer...
    – stormy
    Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 23:06

I agree, leaf galls. Looks like a Rhododendron regardless, @Atul, need you to take a razor blade and slice through a 'gall' to see if the insect is still there. Take a picture. I would right now cut that infected branch off. This is usually not a death sentence! But before 'trying' any treatment we need to know what that insect is...or virus or bacteria but I am guessing insect. Later, Atul, lets talk about soil improvement. Plants that are stressed by poor environmental conditions are far more susceptible to insect or disease damage. Gaggy soil.

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