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What Mushroom is This?

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Markb, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. I don't know. While horseback riding in the backcountry in BC this summer, we stopped, and I wandered through the woods and came across this fella.

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    I have no idea who he is, or whether he is edible (I didn't try).

    Only one pass of USM, no colour correction and a resize with bicubic sharpener.

    Critiques on technique also welcome.


  2. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    It is a Boletus species, and some of the members of this genus are edible or downright delicious. Other are not, so be certain you identify it correctly before serving it to your guests :smile:
  3. Bjorn is mostly right. In the genus Boletus there are many delicious species, but also some poisonous ones, especially of the satanas species group (they usually have conspicuous reddish/pinkish stems). However, unless you do not eat a large amount of them all you can get are more or less severe stomach setups.

    Your mushroom, however, probably belongs to the genus Leccinum (scaber stalks) which, as far as I know, are all edible. It would be good to get a better view of the stem, because scaber stalks usually have a very specific blackish-scaly stem surface.

    The systematics of the boletes in the wider sense is very confusing and specialists are still not sure in many cases about the status of many species. A precise identification at the species level often is possible only when the spores are studied.
    But generally, boletes with brownish/whitish color of cap/stem (resp.) are not a problem, they might just taste horrible like the Bitter Bolete (Tylophilus felleus).

    Mushroom collecting can be quite addictive (eating them as well :smile: ), but in the beginning it is definitely better to show your harvest to an expert than to make experiments.
    Once you are experienced enough, a wide range of flavours will open up for you. E.g., only few people know that (at least in Europe) there are more edible Amanita species (Toad stool group) than poisonous ones, some of them are to be counted among the most delicious mushrooms (like Amanita caesarea or Amanita ovoidea) - the poisonous ones on the other hand are the most dangerous ones (e.g. death cap - Amanita phalloides).

    Does it seem obvious that I like mushrooms? :smile:

    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 13, 2005
  4. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I don't know what kind :>)

    You sure captured this shroom well. Nice image.
  5. nfoto

    nfoto Guest


    I'm not into the newer nomenclature, but it looks similar to our common Leccinum which has mycorrhiza with birch. When I learned Fungi, however, they were all Boletus before the mycotaxonomists had their field day :smile:
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