Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
Fact Sheets
Coconut foliar decay (231)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Narrow distribution. In Vanuatu only. On coconut. An important disease only on introduced varieties.
  • Leaves in the mid-section of crown turn yellow, break and hang down; the rest remain green. As younger leaves age they too turn yellow, trunks taper and the palm dies. Some varieties recover, e.g., Rennell Tall.
  • Spread by a planthopper that lives on wild Hibiscus.
  • Biosecurity: follow international guidelines for the transfer of coconuts.
  • Cultural control: resistant varieties: Vanuatu tall and Vanuatu dwarf varieties and hybrids between them are resistant.
  • Chemical control: none recommended.

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