Leccinum arenicola (“Sand Loving Leccinum”)

Grows in or near northern Atlantic coast beaches in sandy soil. Wrinkled, oft-cracked or fissured, orange to yellow-orange cap fades w/age.

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Description

Genus: Leccinum

Species: arenicola

Common Name: Sand Loving Leccinum

Tells: Grows in or near northern Atlantic coast beaches in sandy soil. Wrinkled, oft-cracked or fissured, orange to yellow-orange cap fades w/age.

Other Information: White cap flesh stains red, slowly darkening toward wine- or purple-gray. White-buff to pale yellow pores age to tan or yellow brown, bruising darker. White stem is heavily covered w/hazel to cinnamon scabers. This is a true North American species, which is a welcome change from the norm for red- and orange-capped Leccinums.

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

Edibility: Good

CHEMICAL TESTS:

  • NH4OH (Ammonia): No data.
  • KOH: No data.
  • FeSO4 (Iron Salts): No data.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff 0 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians 0 North American Boletes 196 BENA 274

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