Observation 68168: Leccinum sect. Leccinum

This red-capped scaber stalk fruits in abundance in the NJ Pine Barrens from mid-September — provided plenty of moisture is available, like it was the case in 2009 — till late October and sometimes early November. I have already posted at least one observation of this fungus before, calling it L. aurantiacum, which is probably a misnomer, if you read Michael Kuo’s well written and exhaustive explanation on his website: (http://www.mushroomexpert.com/...) AND (http://www.mushroomexpert.com/...). I also suspect there are two Leccinum taxons that grow in the Pine Barrens — one with light brown scaber and one with black, unless darkening of the brown scabers takes place over time, as fruitbodies mature; other than that there are no morphological differences between the two. Thus, attaching names to these scaber stalks is nothing but an excercise in conjecture before their identity is firmly established based on DNA data in relation to comparable European species.

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