Leccinum cyaneobasileucum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Leccinum cyaneobasileucum Lannoy & Estadès syn. L. brunneogriseolum Lannoy & Estadès (illustrated (f) 20% life size) Cap 5–15cm across; hazel-, fulvous-, or walnut-brown; dry, but may be tacky in wet weather. Stem 70–200×8–20mm; white to grey, covered in brownish scales. Flesh white, flushing pale pink, sometimes blue-green; soft; taste and smell pleasant. Tubes white. Pores small; white then dingy. Spores 14–18×5–6¼, subfusiform. Spore print walnut-brown. Habitat with birch in moss but not normally in sphagnum; summer to autumn. Occasional. Edible but not worthwhile. Note the name L. brunneogriseolum is more appropriate, but unfortunately the earlier name, based on albino material, takes precedence; both forms are shown, the albino form (h) photographed by Geoffrey Kibby. In the past this fungus was often referred to as L. scabrum.

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