L. aurantiacum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Boletales
Family: Boletaceae
Genus: Leccinum
Type species
Leccinum aurantiacum
(Bull.) Gray (1821)

Leccinum is a genus of fungi in the family Boletaceae. It was the name 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. The genus name was coined from the Italian Leccino, for a type of rough-stemmed bolete. The genus has a widespread distribution, especially in north temperate regions, and contains about 75 species.[2]

Ecology and habitat

Stem of a Leccinum mushroom, showing the distinctive scabers

Leccinum species are generally found in the woodlands of Europe, Asia, and North America, forming ectomycorrhizal associations with trees. Most Leccinum species are mycorrhizal specialists, associating with trees of a single genus. Leccinum aurantiacum is an exception, however, occurring in mycorrhizal association with birch, poplar, and oak.[3]

As food

They have generally been presumed to be edible for the most part, but there are reports of poisoning after eating as yet unidentified members of the genus in North America, even after thorough cooking. The orange- to red-capped species, including L. insigne, are suspected. Species of Leccinum often cause nausea when consumed raw.[4][5][6]


L. scabrum

There are around 75 species including:


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  2. Kirk PM, Cannon PF, Minter DW, Stalpers JA (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford: CABI. p. 364. ISBN 978-0-85199-826-8.
  3. den Bakker, Henk C.; Zuccarello, G. C.; Kuyper, TH. W.; Noordeloos, M. E. (2004). "Evolution and host specificity in the ectomycorrhizal genus Leccinum" (PDF). New Phytologist. 163: 201–15. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2004.01090.x.
  4. Beug, Michael W. (March–April 2004). "An Overview of Mushroom Poisonings in North America". The Mycophile. 45 (2): 4–5.
  5. Beug, Michael W.; Shaw, Marilyn; Cochran, Kenneth W. (Fall 2006). "Thirty-Plus Years of Mushroom Poisoning: Summary of the Approximately 2,000 Reports in the NAMA Case Registry" (PDF). McIlvainea. North American Mycological Society. 16 (2): 47–68.
  6. Beug, Michael W. "NAMA Toxicology Committee Report for 2007: Recent Mushroom Poisonings in North America". Retrieved 2011-04-04.
  7. Takahashi H. (2007). "Five new species of the Boletaceae from Japan". Mycoscience. 48 (2): 90–9. doi:10.1007/s10267-006-0332-6p.
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