While a fairly easy genus to recognize, it can difficult to identify a Leccinum to species. It matches fairly well the description given to L. aurantiacum, the Red-capped Scaber Stalk, in the "National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. A few identification details, besides size, shape and color that may aid in identification:
- pores were sunken around the stem
- pores quickly bruised reddish brown (see next two pictures).
- the stem only faintly bruised bluish when cut (see third picture below).
- flesh didn't discolor immediately, but did eventually turn brownish
- habitat was a mix of conifers and hardwoods.
From an edibility stand point, you don't have to know the species if you know it's a Scaber Stalk, all are apparently edible. But know your scabers vs. glandular dots vs reticulation, though overall boletes are a pretty safe group, but of course, there are always exceptions.