Fungi Outer Hebrides

Phylum: Basidiomycota   Family: Boletaceae

Leccinum aurantiacum (Bull.) Gray

Orange Oak Bolete

A large fungus with a reddish-brown cap and stout scaly stipe. The specimen illustrated was until recently the rare Leccinum salicola which has nothing to do with oak but associates with Creeping Willow Salix repens. It differed from L. aurantiacum in having larger spores and a stipe which stained blue on cutting. It is now regarded as no more than a variant