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Totara scale in Wellington

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From Forest health News 34, August 1994.

An article in the latest issue of The Weta claimed a new record of Totara scale, (Madarococcas totarae), in Wellington. This article also claimed to record an unusual phenomenon: tip dieback due to scale feeding. A search of our curated collection and records of plant dieback demonstrated that neither of these phenomena is new. We have records of M. totarae going back to the 1950s for the Wellington area. Tip dieback of young totara due to scale feeding is not an unusual occurrence. We have multiple records of this occurrence in the Forest Health Database. If anyone approaches you about this "serious situation" you can tell them it is neither serious nor new.

Paddy Walsh

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