Leccinum aurantiacum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Leccinum aurantiacum (Bull.) Gray (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 8–16cm across, cuticle overhanging as an irregular skirt up to 3mm deep; orange to apricot or brown; smooth or slightly downy-fibrillose. Stem 80–140Γ—18–48mm; covered in scales, which are white at first, gradually rusty then dark brown. Flesh cream, turning vinaceous in cap and stem base, sepia elsewhere; taste and smell pleasant. Tubes white, vinaceous on exposure. Pores very small; white or cream, bruising vinaceous. Spores 14–16.5Γ—4–5ΒΌ, subfusiform. Spore print ochraceous-buff. Habitat with aspen; late summer to autumn. Occasional. Edible.

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