Hazel Bolete

Leccinum pseudoscabrum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Hazel Bolete Leccinum pseudoscabrum (Kallenb.) ¼utara syn. L. carpini (R. Schulz) D.A. Reid (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 3–9cm across; pale buff, walnut-brown or tawny olive; slightly wrinkled, often cracked. Stem 80–90×8–11mm, punctate with pale buff scales at apex, darker brown scales below, blackening on handling. Flesh white to straw-coloured in stem, immediately blue-spotted in base, rose or vinaceous in cap and stem apex, rapidly blackening throughout. Tubes white or cream, rapidly coral or vinaceous on cutting, then blackening. Pores small; white at first then yellowish-buff, blackening on handling. Spores 15–19×5–6¼, subfusiform. Spore print ochraceous walnut-brown. Cap surface of erect chains of globose to barrel-shaped segments. Habitat with hazel or hornbeam, occasionally with oak; summer. Uncommon. Edible but not worthwhile.

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