Small bolete growing under willow / hawthorne

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Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Small bolete growing under willow / hawthorne

Post by adampembs » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:39 pm

Pores split when flesh was torn.
Cap diameter 4cm, and clay coloured, with some slight cracking
Slight blue-ing in upper part of stipe and above pores. The blue-ing later faded and can't be seen on the photo.

I know these are tricky but the pale colour of the cap looked a bit unusual.
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Re: Small bolete growing under willow / hawthorne

Post by adampembs » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:19 pm

I'll leave it as Xerocomus / Xerocomellus sp - will check spores - but never seem to reach an ID with these.
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Re: Small bolete growing under willow / hawthorne

Post by ScarletMaguire » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:03 pm

The cap colour certainly is unusual, a very interesting find. The overall shape of the specimen puts me in mind of Leccinum spp. If there was any birch around, it could possibly be Leccinum variicolor? This is a bit of a wild guess, as boletes are not my strong point!

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Re: Small bolete growing under willow / hawthorne

Post by mollisia » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:32 am

Hello Adam,

a Xerocomellus in all cases, but which one? If it is really associated with willow, that would be possibly an interesting collection. Otherwise I would have said "faded chryenteron". The stipe base seems not to have orange dots in the flesh, so X. engelii is ruled out (what would be the most likely species otherwise to me).
Associated with poplar and willow (also Tilia) is X. bubalinus, but this one looks very different and is no option.

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