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Leccinum scabrum

Leccinum scabrum
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-30
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 400 D, 18-55 Canon EFS, Hama UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): automnal compo! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-02 8:25
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Points: 30
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Leccinum scabrum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Birch bolete (Leccinum scabrum) is an edible mushroom in the family Boletaceae, and was formerly classified as Boletus scaber. The birch bolete is widespread in Europe as well as elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring only in mycorrhizal assocation with birch trees. The birch bolete fruits from June to October. Common names include rough-stemmed bolete, scaber stalk, or birch bolete.


The pileus is 5–15 cm (2–6 in.) wide. At first it is hemispherical and later becomes flatter. The skin of the cap is light gray-brown to reddish gray-brown, later often more or less brown, smooth, bald, dry, and rather slimy when damp.
The pores are white at a young age, later gray. In older specimens the pores on the pileus can bulge out, while around the stipe they dent in strongly. The pore covering is easy to remove from the skin of the pileus.
The stipe is 5–15 cm (2–6 in.) long and 1–3.5 cm (3⁄8–13⁄8 in.) wide, slim, with white and dark to black flakes, and tapers upward. The basic mycelium is white.
The flesh is whitish, later more gray-white and does not change color when broken. In young specimens the meat is relatively firm, but it very soon becomes spongey and holds water, especially in rainy weather. When cooked, the meat of the birch bolete turns black.
L. scabrum has been found in association with ornamental birch trees planted outside of its native range, such as in California.

Similar species

Several different species of Leccinum mushrooms are found in mycorrhiza with birches, and can be confused by amateurs and mycologists alike. L. variicolor has a bluish stipe. L. oxydabile has firmer, pinkish flesh and a different pileus skin structure. L. melaneum is darker in color and has yellowish hues under the skin of the pileus and stipe. L. holopus is paler and whitish in all parts.


The birch bolete is edible and is especially enjoyable pickled in brine or vinegar. It is used also in mixed mushroom dishes, fried or steamed. Experience shows that the extract of the birch bolete may be helpful in cases of stomach trouble.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-11-02 9:03]

Hello Jose,
It's very nice to see that the same species grow in so far country. I've often found indentical only we have very cold and last time when I found it was about the end of September. I like your photo, nice environment, good POV.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-02 9:26]

Hi Jose.
You have shared a very cute mushroom series. It is funny I have only few shots of a sole mushroom and they are too bad. Yours is wonderful. Very attractive shapes and scenery. I also like wide DOF and excellent details of all scene. Thanks for sharing and kind regards.

Hello Jose,
another very beautiful picture of fungus, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, i like this nice composition with a marvellous natural environment.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-02 10:29]

Hello Jose.
Very nice picture of this mushroom. I love the brown color of the hat, and the DOF is great. Sharp detail, also. Great job.
Best regards Siggi

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-11-02 10:34]

Hi Jose
A fine photo of the mushroom next to thistle...Nice natural colors and great detail...TFS

Hello Josep,

A nice autumnalis picture with this bolete.
Good composition and pov.
Fine natural colours.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-02 11:01]

Very good macro of this Mushroom, natural colors and good details, TFS!

hello Jose
this is a very nice composition
great details and beautiful colours
very good sharpness
greeting lou

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-02 12:50]

Ola Jose,

Interessante e bonita esta imagem. Cor Extraordinário. Excellent capture.
Uma bela noite,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-02 15:36]

Hi Jose,very nice point of view and excellent sharpness and colors,beautiful composition too.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-02 22:06]

Hello José,
A fine capture of the Birch Bolete growing in its natural habitat taken from a fine POV with good sharpness and well composed with the Chestnut husk in the FG.
This species is common in Sweden but this year has been a bad mushroom year in the South.
Thanks an all the best,

hello Jose
very beautiful picture and natural composition,a mushroom and aesculus hippocastanum in the ground,fine coexistence fine details on mushroom!
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-04 8:24]

Hello Jose,
A fine composition showing the Birch Bolete together with a spiky chestnut! Great details and colours. I'm sad to say that we're hardly had any fungi here this year!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Ciao Jose, lovely composition with splendid autumnal colors, excellent sharpness, I like a lot, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-20 4:33]

Bonjour Jose,
Comme je ne connais pas bien les champignons, bien que j'aime en manger,je n'ai pas toujours vu tes photos sur ce sujet. En y regardant de plus près, j'ai choisi cette image prise dans un environnement très naturel et parce que je connais par hasard ce champignon. En effet il pousse sur mon pré à la montagne,où il y a bien sûr des bouleaux.
Image plaisante et naturelle.
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