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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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Comments


ade123 7 285 1 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 5:45PM
A brilliant shot Terry superb detail and beautiful colours

Ade
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 5:57PM
A most beautiful and curious specimen... Grin
Happy Halloween
IB
Greyheron 18 282 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

Mike
Paintman Plus
14 1.4k 177 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 6:19PM
A great photo, lovely colour and detail and the birch leaf adds to the composition.

Alan.
ali63 8 790 1 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 6:28PM
A fine image great photography.

Ali
viscostatic 14 47 9 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 6:49PM
A beautiful composition with great light and colours. This is first rate mushroom photography.

Phil.
tonyng 10 11 3 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 8:24PM
Great specimen you have here.
martin.w Plus
18 602 25 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 8:47PM
Classy image Smile
31 Oct 2014 11:57PM
Beautifully Captured imageSmileSmileSmilepaul
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
1 Nov 2014 12:30AM
Great color and details, what a grand point of focus!
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2014 9:06AM
Lovely work.
Joline Plus
14 30 58 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.

JohnSmile
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 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.
R.
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
2 Nov 2014 2:04PM
Superb closeup Terry.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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