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Orange Beret

By Terry L    
Orange Birch Bolete Leccinum versipelle. Taken today at Bean Wood CP Kent.
Appearing only under birch trees, sometimes together with Leccinum scabrum (the Brown Birch Bolete)
A fairly common find in Britain and Ireland, the Orange Birch Bolete occurs throughout most of mainland Europe, from Scandinavia right down to Portugal, Spain and Italy. Leccinum versipelle is also recorded from parts of North America.

Leccinum, the generic name, comes from an old Italian word meaning fungus. The specific epithet versipelle is a reference to the changing nature of the surface of the cap (pellicle). This is a very large mushroom, and caps mature at between 8 and 20cm diameter, remaining broadly convex rather than flattening out completely. The stipe or stem, which can be up to 20cm tall and is typically 2 to 4cm in diameter, tapering in slightly towards the apex, has a white, pale grey or yellowish-grey surface covered with dark brown or blackish woolly scales.
When cut, the pale stem flesh turns greay near the apex but blue-green and then almost black, especially near the stem base.

Tags: Fungi Bean Kent Orange Woodland Birch Bolete Wildlife and nature Leccinum Versipelle

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ade123 9 285 1 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 5:45PM
A brilliant shot Terry superb detail and beautiful colours

Chinga Plus
11 112 3 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 5:57PM
A most beautiful and curious specimen... Grin
Happy Halloween
Greyheron 20 282 7 England
31 Oct 2014 6:15PM
Good to see you made it back today Terry. The inclusion of the leaf adds magnificently to this image - very nicely done…

Looks like you are working your way through all the species in the park… Wink

Paintman Plus
16 1.5k 180 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 6:19PM
A great photo, lovely colour and detail and the birch leaf adds to the composition.

ali63 10 791 1 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 6:28PM
A fine image great photography.

viscostatic 16 50 11 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 6:49PM
A beautiful composition with great light and colours. This is first rate mushroom photography.

tonyng Plus
12 12 3 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 8:24PM
Great specimen you have here.
martin.w Plus
20 616 29 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 8:47PM
Classy image Smile
stub197 10
31 Oct 2014 11:57PM
Beautifully Captured imageSmileSmileSmilepaul
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
1 Nov 2014 12:30AM
Great color and details, what a grand point of focus!
franken Plus
20 5.5k 4 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2014 9:06AM
Lovely work.
Joline Plus
16 38 59 United States
1 Nov 2014 12:03PM
This makes a lovely composition with interesting narrative.
2 Nov 2014 8:07AM
Excellent Photography and info' Terry.

RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
2 Nov 2014 12:00PM
I have hundreds of fungal shots but not one of this species: good on you for being able to ID it........I often stuggle to do so.
And so beautifully captured and I do like the inclusion of the colour coordinated leaf.
Excellent use of widish aperture at telephoto setting, affording limited DOF.
An image that inspires me to do better.
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
2 Nov 2014 2:04PM
Superb closeup Terry.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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