Leccinum subalpinum

Dark red-brown to rusty-red, oft-velvety cap. White-buff pores bruise reddish brown. Likes high altitude, Arizona/Utah Rocky Mountain conifers.

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Description

Genus: Leccinum

Species: subalpinum

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Tells: Dark red-brown to rusty-red, oft-velvety cap. White-buff pores bruise reddish brown. Likes high altitude, Arizona/Utah Rocky Mountain conifers.

Other Information: Cap flesh DNS or stains dark brown- or purple-gray w/no reddish phase. Salt & pepper stem. Stem flesh may have greenish-blue stains at base. Very similar to L. fallax, a Rocky Mountains species that has a club-shaped stem (thicker on top). See also L. fibrillosum, which has cap flesh that stains pink before going dark.

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 gray.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff 0 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians 0 North American Boletes 215

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