Leccinum rugosiceps (“Wrinkled Bolete”)

Deeply wrinkled cap cracks w/age. Tiny yellow pores may have blue-green stains but either DNS or bruise a slow yellow-brown. Flesh slowly stains red, esp. where cap meets stem.

SKU: Leccinum rugosiceps Categories: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Description

Genus: Leccinum

Species: rugosiceps

Common Name: “Wrinkled Bolete”

Tells: Deeply wrinkled cap cracks w/age. Tiny yellow pores may have blue-green stains but either DNS or bruise a slow yellow-brown. Flesh slowly stains red, esp. where cap meets stem.

Other Information: Likes oak. Yellowish stem has brown scabers that darken w/age. Dark coffee brown bug holes in off-white flesh. Cap color ranges from orange-yellow to yellow-brown to dark brown in older specimens. NOTE: Hard to distinguish from Leccinellum crocipodium, except that species usually has a darker cap, often has a more swollen stem, has flesh that stains a lighter shade of red, & has pores that tend to stain a stronger brown.

Edibility: Good, if inconsistent in quality. (So is Leccinellum crocipodium, so distinguishing between the two doesn’t matter much from the pot hunter’s point of view).

CHEMICAL TESTS:

  • NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap skin either turns red or has no reaction.
  • KOH: Cap skin turns orange red.
  • FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap skin has no reaction.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff0Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians326North American Boletes213262

Got something to discuss?