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Leccinum scabrum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 27 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Leccinum scabrum (Gewone berkenboleet (BE) / Birch bolete (EN) / Birkenpilz, Birkenröhrling (DE) / Bolet rude (FR)) is an edible fungus in the family Boletaceae. The species is widespread in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring only in mycorrhizal association with birch trees.
The genus name "Leccinum" was given first to a series of fungi within the genus Boletus, then erected as a new genus last century. Their main distinguishing feature is the small, rigid projections (scabers) that give a rough texture to their stalks.

Image: Kalmthout (BE) - 01/10/2010

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Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Helen from Melbourne, Australia

Superb shot Johan!

27 Oct 2010 9:18am

@Helen: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Helen. Glad you like it.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Ein schönes Gruppenfoto ! Diesen Pilz kann man, wie du sicher weißt, essen, er wird aber ganz schwarz und sieht nach dem Kochen unappetitlich aus.

27 Oct 2010 5:39pm

@Loner: I'm not realy concerned about the edibily of all those mushrooms. In Belgium we just don't have a "tradition" on eating the wild ones (and there is a huge limitation in cutting them) - but I like searching to enjoy their beauty and to learn about their relationships with other species in nature (and of course most species are realy models to shoot :-). Do you eat mushrooms regularly ?

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

On dirait des champignons pour décoration tellement ils sont beaux !

27 Oct 2010 5:51pm

@Sylvie49 capture image: The decoration of nature in autumn would not be the same without the mushrooms ... I'm so amazed by the variety of forms, colors and structures they display. Thanks for your comment, Sylvie !

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Nice shot from this solid mushroom family! By the way, have you seen any Boletus edulis (porcini)? They are really good...

27 Oct 2010 7:47pm

@Marilla: I saw a lot of B.edulis (and other Boletaceae) this year. It was a realy good mushroom season around here, especially in august and september (oktober was a little too cold and not wet enough). But as I mentioned before I only search mushrooms to enjoy their beauty, to study and to make images :-) Thanks for your comment, Marilla.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Wonderful photo and I love the shot on your About page of you in action. I have always wondered just how low down you got to things and now I know! Both superb shots [whoever took the photo of you too!]

28 Oct 2010 12:28am

@Dutçh: There are many occasions in wich my camera is even lower ... :-)) but most of the time my cap is in the right place. [My girlfriend took that image and is very honored with your comment...]

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

A lovely grouping of this mushroom

28 Oct 2010 6:52am

@Christine: Most of the time I find this species standing just solo of with 2 together. This is the biggest "family" I found so far I think. Mushrooms can be surprising :-)

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Lovely little group here, Johan.

29 Oct 2010 12:16am

@Julie Brown: That is exactly what I was thinking when making the images :-))

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Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 200
150 mm