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Leccinum scabrum   (Brown Birch Bolete)
North America, Europe
Cap 5-15 cm diameter, stem 6-15 cm tall * 1.5-3 cm diameter

Leccinum scabrum, also know as Brown Birch Bolete, is a medium to large bolete with a greyish brown to yellowish-brown fleshy cap and a white to grey stem covered with grey-black scales. It grows specifically with birch, often on damp ground.

Cap brown, with reddish or greyish tinges; convex or bun-shaped, at first finely downy, becoming smooth, somewhat scurfy when older. Flesh dirty white, unchanging, thick and firm. Pores dirty white or grayish brown, circular, small. Tubes same colour as pores, adnate. Spores are ocher-brown. Stem whitish, covered with grey-brown scales, more or less equal or tapering slightly upwards. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Distinguishing between Leccinum scabrum and its near relatives is difficult, and Leccinum scabrum is often used as a collective name for all brown capped Leccinum species like Leccinum variicolor.

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