Boletes in the Botanic Garden
Yesterday was my volunteering day in NBGW, and I came across this little group of Boletes growing under some Birch. They caught my eye as they were unusually intact - for once I got to them before the slugs!
The stipe suggests they are a Leccinum sp.
There are two possible candidates which show this blue staining of the stipe - Leccinum cyaneobasileucum and Leccinum variicolor.
Unfortunately the spores of both species are virtually identical.
Having looked in Geoffrey Kibby's "Key to the British Boletes" I am no further forward - both seem a possibility. It doesn't help as both species appear to be quite variable.
Any ideas anyone? (Bruce - have they been found/identified before?)