Invasive Species Compendium

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Actinidia deliciosa



Actinidia deliciosa (kiwifruit)


  • Last modified
  • 20 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Actinidia deliciosa
  • Preferred Common Name
  • kiwifruit
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Uses List
  • Beverage base
  • Fruits
  • Traditional/folklore

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TitleKiwifruit nearing harvest
Copyright©M.J.S. Morley-Bunker
Kiwifruit nearing harvest©M.J.S. Morley-Bunker


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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Actinidia deliciosa Liang et Ferguson, 1984

Preferred Common Name

  • kiwifruit

Other Scientific Names

  • Actinidia chinensis Planchon, 1847
  • Actinidia chinensis var. deliciosa Chevalier, 1941
  • Actinidia chinensis var. hispida Liang, 1975
  • Actinidia chinensis var. setosa Li, 1952

International Common Names

  • English: kiwi
  • French: kiwi; mus

Local Common Names

  • China: mihoutao; yang tao
  • New Zealand: chinese gooseberry

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Ericales
  •                         Family: Actinidiaceae
  •                             Genus: Actinidia
  •                                 Species: Actinidia deliciosa

List of Pests

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Major host of:

Armillaria mellea (armillaria root rot); Armillaria novae-zelandiae; Botryosphaeria dothidea (canker of almond); Botryotinia fuckeliana (grey mould-rot); Brevipalpus chilensis (Chilean false red mite); Diaporthe actinidiae (stem-end rot of kiwi fruit); Hemiberlesia lataniae (latania scale); Hemiberlesia rapax (greedy scale (USA)); Otiorhynchus salicicola; Phytophthora cinnamomi (Phytophthora dieback); Phytophthora citricola (black hop root rot); Phytophthora cryptogea (tomato foot rot); Phytophthora lateralis (Port-Orford-cedar root disease); Phytophthora medicaginis (Phytophthora root rot of lucerne); Phytophthora megasperma (root rot); Pratylenchus vulnus (walnut root lesion nematode); Proeulia chrysopteris; Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. savastanoi (oleander knot); Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (bacterial canker of kiwifruit); Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae (bacterial canker or blast (stone and pome fruits)); Pseudomonas viridiflava (bacterial leaf blight of tomato); Scirtothrips dorsalis (chilli thrips); Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (cottony soft rot); Scolypopa australis (passionvine hopper)

Minor host of:

Alternaria alternata (alternaria leaf spot); Anastrepha fraterculus (South American fruit fly); Aonidiella aurantii (red scale); Bactrocera tryoni (Queensland fruit fly); Cadophora luteo-olivacea; Cadophora malorum (fruit rot of apple); Candidatus Phytoplasma solani (Stolbur phytoplasma); Ceratitis capitata (Mediterranean fruit fly); Ceroplastes destructor (white wax scale); Diaporthe ambigua (canker: pear); Halyomorpha halys (brown marmorated stink bug); Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis (black tea thrips); Macrophomina phaseolina (charcoal rot of bean/tobacco); Meloidogyne arenaria (peanut root-knot nematode); Meloidogyne ethiopica (Root-knot nematode); Meloidogyne incognita (root-knot nematode); Penicillium digitatum (green mould); Phyllactinia guttata (powdery mildew of hardwood trees); Phytophthora citrophthora (brown rot of citrus fruit); Phytophthora palmivora (coconut budrot); Planotortrix octo; Proeulia auraria (Chilean fruit tree leaf folder)

Associated with (not a host):

Helicotylenchus dihystera (common spiral nematode)

Host of (source - data mining):

Colletotrichum acutatum (black spot of strawberry); Pestalosphaeria gubae; Phomopsis theicola; Stathmopoda auriferella

Uses List

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Human food and beverage

  • Beverage base
  • Fruits

Medicinal, pharmaceutical

  • Traditional/folklore