Leccinum insigne

Posted by Dick ------- - - - - Scroll Down to See the Discussion

Dick: Let's hear from some of you that don't regularly respond to these queries.
This mushroom can be identified by using the Key and then going
to the appropriate area in " All the Rain Promises".
This is one of the few mushrooms in this genus that can be found during
late spring and early summer.-

Fred: L scabrum? and you haven't heard from me before...

Dick B: Leccinum scabrum usually has a dull brown cap and is typically found with Birch.

Sava; Thanks for posting your nice photos. I've never found L. insigne myself.
Aspen doesn't seem to be common in Oregon;
I don't know if I've ever seen it here.
As for L. scabrum (which grows under birch),
I saw quite a lot of them last week in my Intel campus.
It's worth checking out our suburban well-watered lawns now.
In the same place, in grass,
I saw also Paneolina foenisecii, Panaeolus cinctulus, Conocybe lactea,
a group of some smallish Lactarius(!), and a group of Scleroderma cepa.

Dick B: Aspen can be found at a few locations on the east slope of the
Cascades and further east where there is sufficient water.
The biggest concentration near us that I know of is at the Conboy Wildlife Refuge
south east of Trout Lake where the Leccinum insigne was found.

Fred gets partial credit for getting the genus right,
that is if we assume L stands for Leccinum, which I do.
Leccinum insigne, is the answer I was looking for.
If you noticed that there were pores on the underside of the cap then
the key would have taken you to the Bolete section of the guide.
From there it was just a matter of looking thru the section for a mushroom
with an orange cap or with scabers on the stipe.
That would still leave you with two possibilities but one was described
as occurring with Aspen and that was Leccinum insigne.

I heard today from an undisclosed source that some small boletes
and chanterelles were spotted at an undisclosed location in the GPNF in the last week.
Get those eyes calibrated for fall mushroom, you never know when then might appear.
High elevation, moist areas and the coast are usually the best area for early season mushrooms.