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Postby mattw » Tue Jul 24, 2007 6:59 pm

In the back yard of our apartment building, our "Little Leaf Lindens" (cousing to the American Linden), has, on the cuticle of the upper epidermis, a clear sticky substance appearing much like melted white sugar driplets (although that is just an analogy). What could it be? It has been very hot and dry here recently, if that is a clue.
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Postby Miyis » Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:54 am

I don't understand ,
do you have the plants photo ?
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Postby ivygirl_5 » Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:04 am

It might just be leaf aphids. The leaves of trees like Littleleaf Linden are very attractive to leaf aphids and these aphids produce lots of sweet secretions (honeydew) which can build up on the tops of the leaves.

Or it could be Guttation -- Sugar droplets secreted by the leaves common in many plants. (Sorry, I was told that I'm wrong about guttation).

I hope this helps. :D
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Postby MrMistery » Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:07 pm

guttation is the excretion of WATER from the xylem when transpiration is not possible, not the excretion of sugar from the phloem
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