Observation 145333: Leccinum versipelle (Fr. & Hök) Snell

When: 2013-09-13

Collection location: Breaza, Prahova county, Romania [Click for map]

Who: Reslescu Vladimir (vreslescu)

No specimen available

The mushroom was found in the forest, under deciduous trees. I found more in that area, spread out on a 50 meter radius (as happens with most boletus species when they multiply). Also, found some in the same region growing in the grass, out in the open, not in the shade. The cap is light orange, it looks almost like a piece of bread to me, and the meat is very soft, also a bit porous, not that elastic. The thickness of the cap is more than 5 millimeters to the edge, a key difference that sets it apart from a closely related species. The stem has tough, stringy meat, it has a rough surface, like having bits partly shaved off that are darker in color (dark brown to black). The “gills” form a reverse funnel shape close to where the stem meets the cap, they are quite fine. Also, the cap can detach quite easily from the stem when picking, leaving a round shape on the stem. The meat bruises to a watery brown after cleaning of gills, the part which is cut bruising more slowly than the exterior.

This mushroom is very similar to the one presented in this observation: http://mushroomobserver.org/130618 , or described here: http://mushroomobserver.org/name/show_name/190
the key differences being:

- The cap is darker in color (closer to brown)
- The cap is much thinner and more elastic, this becomes apparent when removing the “gills”
- This mushroom decays much faster than the one described in this observation(some insect species seem to like it a lot, it’s hard to find a specimen not attacked by worms or other insects)
- The gills make a more pronounced reverse funnel shape where the stem meets the cap
- The stem is firmly attached to the cap and is more elastic.

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By: Reslescu Vladimir (vreslescu)
2013-09-14 02:52:56 CDT (-0400)

In the area of the forest in which i found them there are aspen/poplar and birch trees. The scales on the stem are blackish.

By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2013-09-13 07:56:05 CDT (-0400)

Looks like versipelle. But are the scales on the stipe blackish or reddish-brown? And most important, does it grow with aspen/poplar or with birch?

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