Leaf spots are round blemishes found on the leaves of many species of plants, mostly caused by parasitic fungi or bacteria.

Leaf spot
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Leaf spot caused by Cercospora capsici
Causal agentsfungi or bacteria

A typical spot is "zonal", meaning it has a definite edge and often has a darker border. When lots of spots are present, they can grow together and become a blight or a blotch. Fungal spots are usually round or free-form in shape.[1]

In most cases, leaf spots are considered to be only a cosmetic problem, but they can have economic effects on nurseries or in floriculture.

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  1. ^ "Leaf Spot Diseases of Shade Trees and Ornamentals". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved November 11, 2014.

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