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By Terry L    
Orange Birch Bolete Leccinum versipelle. Taken at Beacon Wood CP Kent, whilst out with a small group of photographers that I tutor from Centrepieces Artwork in Bexley.

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 gray near the apex but blue-green and then almost black, especially near the stem base.

Tags: Fungi Bean Kent Tree Orange Woodland Birch Bolete Wildlife and nature Leccinum versipelle Terry longley

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18 Oct 2015 4:02PM
Great image
18 Oct 2015 4:19PM
As always, a beautiful fungi 'portrait', Eileen
Greyheron 20 282 7 England
18 Oct 2015 4:57PM
Your patience paid off handsomely, Terry - a great find and image...

taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
18 Oct 2015 6:36PM
An excellent woodland image!
bricurtis Plus
17 2.7k 53 England
18 Oct 2015 9:03PM
A superb image Terry - lovely low level pov.
19 Oct 2015 7:31AM
A smashing image and excellent info Terry.

Maiwand 15 3 73 England
19 Oct 2015 9:52AM
Lovely image Terry.
Drighlynne 11 131 1 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2015 6:25PM
Great image Terry.

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