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Orange Birch Bolete

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

A tasty member of the greater Bolete family. This mushroom can sometimes also be known as the Boletus testaceoscaber or Boletus floccopus.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Orange Birch Bolete
Scientific Name Boletus / Leccinum versipellis
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 20
Average Cap width (CM) 20
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Starting ovate opening to broadly convex and staying like that until finally flattening out a bit with age, can be slightly downy. Orange to red orange/brown or even yellowish, this mushroom can vary greatly in cap colour and the versipelle used to be thought of as several different Leccinum species. The top edge of the cap overhangs the pores a little bit which can help with identification.

Pores

Pale yellow sponge-like pores, can be a bit grey/brown.

Stem

White to off-white mottled with small brown to black scales which give it a dirty appearance. The stem can be longer than the diameter of the cap.

Flesh

White/pale grey turning dark blue/green in the stem to dark grey/black on cooking.

Habitat

Growing under birch trees, especially on acid heathland and wood edges.

Possible Confusion

The Brown Birch Bolete, Leccinum scabrum which can be also be found under birch trees but this is edible if not really worth while. The Brown Birch Bolete does not discolour when the stem is cut.

Spore Print

Brown. Subfusiform.

Taste / Smell

Good, similar to the Cep. Must be well cooked before consumption as it is mildly toxic, 15 to 20 minutes apparently destroys all the toxin.

Frequency

Fairly common.

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