Definition of coral spot in English:

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coral spot

(also coral spot disease)


A common fungal disease of trees and shrubs, appearing as numerous minute pink or dark red cushionlike bodies on the twigs and branches and causing dieback.
  • Nectria cinnabarina, family Hypocreaceae, phylum Ascomycota.
Example sentences
  • Seed collection from this tree is a struggle as the fungal disease black coral spot destroys many of the seeds.
  • The cause is coral spot disease which affects many species of woody plants, although it is rare on conifers.
  • This is coral spot, a fungus which mainly attacks dead parts of woody plants, but may spread to live wood if not pruned out.

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Syllabification: cor·al spot

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