Observation 115301: Leccinum griseonigrum A.H. Sm., Thiers & Watling

I almost stepped on this, thinking it was a hole in the ground. Very dark purple-brown with dark reddish areas on the cap. STIPE: 4 inches tall; enlarging from cap toward ground level, then suddenly taping to just below ground level; scabers black to reddish-black; some reddish staining near ground level. Identification based on association with birch plus very dark cap color.


Cap 3 inches wide in button stage; cap purple-brown with dark reddish areas. Note the “eyes”.
Abundant black to reddish-black scabers on stipe. Narrow at cap attachment, then suddenly enlarging to surface grass level; then suddenly abruptly tapering to a narrow basal attachment just below ground level. Some red or pink on stipe just above the ground level.
Tubes off-white near edge of cap, but somewhat brownish too, becoming progressively more brown to purple-brown near the stipe.

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Used references: Arora, Mushrooms Demystified. Associated with very large (for my area) ornamental birch tree: about 80 feet tall; trunk 3 feet in diameter.

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Created: 2012-11-01 22:32:13 PDT (-0700)
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