Leccinum arctostaphylos

A favorite of Alaskan foragers. White-pink cap flesh slowly stains gray to pale bluish gray. Likes kinnikinnick at higher elevations or bearberry in the tundra.

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Description

Genus: Leccinum

Species: arctostaphylos

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Tells: A favorite of Alaskan foragers. White-pink cap flesh slowly stains gray to pale bluish gray. Likes kinnikinnick at higher elevations or bearberry in the tundra.

Other Information: Brick-orange, sometimes-tacky cap fades to orange-tan w/age. White stem w/whitish scabers that age brownish orange & end up brown. Whitish pores age to buff- or yellowish-brown, & stain brown.

Science Notes: See this Article on the Red-Cap Leccinum Taxonomy Mess.

Edibility: Choice.

CHEMICAL TESTS:

  • NH4OH (Ammonia): No data.
  • KOH: Cap skin turns pale yellow.
  • FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap flesh turns blue.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff 0 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians 0 North American Boletes 195

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