Brown Birch Bolete

Leccinum scabrum


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Brown Birch Bolete Leccinum scabrum (Bull.) Gray (illustrated (c) 25% life size) Cap 5–15cm across; fulvous, walnut-, or hazel-brown; dry, but tacky in wet weather. Stem 70–200×20–30mm; white to grey, covered with brownish-black scales, becoming darker towards the base. Flesh white, unchanging or flushing pale pink; very soft, watery; taste and smell pleasant. Tubes white, becoming dirty ochraceous. Pores small; white at first, becoming dingy, bruising ochraceous. Spores 14–20×5–6¼, subfusiform. Spore print walnut-brown. Habitat with birch; summer to autumn. Common. Edible but not worthwhile. Note photograph (b) shows a more robust, pale form, which was formerly called L. avellaneum (Blum) Bon. It is very rare, and has now been included under L. scabrum.

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