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.
- NH4OH (Ammonia): No data.
- KOH: No data.
- FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap flesh turns greenish blue.