Leccinum fibrillosum

Cap- and upper-stem flesh stain pink, then darken to dull purplish. Thick pepper-on-salt stem. Buff pores age to olive-brown, & stain brown. Likes conifers.

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Description

Genus: Leccinum

Species: fibrillosum

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Tells: Cap- and upper-stem flesh stain pink, then darken to dull purplish. Thick pepper-on-salt stem. Buff pores age to olive-brown, & stain brown. Likes conifers.

Other Information: Reddish-brown cap. Found in the Rocky Mountains. Very similar to L. fallax, another Rocky Mountains species that grows only at high altitude but has a conspicuously club-shaped stem and flesh that does not stain pink. See also L. subalpinum, a high altitude mushroom from the Southwest.

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): Cap flesh turns greenish blue.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff 0 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians 0 North American Boletes 216

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