Leccinum piceinum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Leccinum piceinum Pilát & Dermek (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 7–20cm across, the margin overhanging the pores; brick-red to brownish-red; firm, dry to very slightly viscid in wet weather. Stem up to 250×15–40mm; white or greyish, covered with woolly, grey-brown scales. Flesh white then dark vinaceous, finally blackish; taste and smell pleasant. Tubes white to buff, vinaceous on cutting. Pores small; dark blackish-grey when young, later pale ochraceous, bruising vinaceous. Spores 12.5–15×4–5¼, subfusiform. Spore print ochraceous walnut-brown. Habitat with spruce or in open woodland; summer to autumn. Not found in Britain. Edible good. Note this is very similar to L. quercinum (opposite) but found in a different habitat.