Leccinum aurantiacum

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Leccinum aurantiacum

20 September 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Orange Oak Bolete

Cap

Convex, finely felty, then smooth, margin overhanging, brick red, chestnut brown or date brown, to about 20 cm across

Pores

White then buff, bruising pinkish brown

Stem

Equal or slightly club shaped, whitish, with rust to brown scales, especially towards the base

Flesh

Firm, whitish, bruising pinkish in the cap, greyish then blackish in the stem

Smell

Pleasant

Taste

Pleasant

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Infrequent in southern England

Habitat

With oak, beech, poplar, willow and lime trees

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal to spindle-shaped (13-16) x (4-5) µm2

Edibility

Edible, should not be collected due to its rarity

Notes

Other red capped Leccinum species include Leccinum versipelle, Leccinum vulpinum and Leccinum albostipitatum. To confuse matters, this species was formerly known as Leccinum quercinum, and the fungus currently known as Leccinum albostipitatum was previously known as Leccinum aurantiacum.

Additional Photographs

Leccinum aurantiacum

20 September 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Leccinum aurantiacum

October 2001 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Leccinum aurantiacum

October 2001 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Leccinum aurantiacum

October 2006 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin