Observation 24968: Leccinum Gray

When: 2009-09-04

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

Pale, medium-sized pores, what may be dark scabers on the stipe, and a slightly scaly cap make this an odd bolete. Its small size, too: only about 2 and a bit cm wide. It was found under a baby balsam fir in Zone 02, literally enclosed by the fir’s branches. The fir in question being only a foot tall and half that wide.

Something suggests Leccinum to me; something else Tylopilus. I don’t feel especially confident it’s either.

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Recognized by sight: At least this. Does not key out easily to Tylopilus, although I would call those small scabers. Generally Tylopilus has a darker colored cap and pileus. Looks closer to Leccinum to me, maybe L. holopus or rotundifoliae; but both would need to have birch nearby: within 60-200 feet. While it may appear to fruit with Balsam fir, other trees like the shaded areas conifers provide to obtain moisture during dry periods.
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Recognized by sight

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By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-09-06 00:18:10 CDT (-0500)

There were several types of tree close by, including paper birch, spruce, quaking aspen, red pine, and jack pine, in addition to balsam fir.

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