12 October 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Convex, expanding with age, finely downy, dry, brown to whitish, margin sometimes overhanging, to 8 cm across
Whitish to greyish, bruising brown
Cylindrical, tapering towards the apex, covered with woolly scales that are initially white, then greyish with age, often with blue stains at the base
Whitish, variously described as unchanging (Funga Nordica) or discolouring pink (various sources)
Spores spindle-shaped (14-19.5) x (4-6.5) µm2
This species was first described as recently as 1991. The brown capped Leccinum species which grow in association with birch are a difficult group, which underwent significant revisions as a result of DNA studies. See also Leccinum scabrum, Leccinum holopus and Leccinum schistophilum.
23 August 2008 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin