Boletellus ananas (“Pineapple Bolete”)

Cap has distinctive, coarse, hairy, purplish-red scales that extend beyond the edge & age to pinkish-tan or dingy-yellow.

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Description

Genus: Boletellus

  • Genus 2: Boletus

Species: ananas

  • Species 2: coccineus

Common Name: “Pineapple Bolete”

Tells: Cap has distinctive, coarse, hairy, purplish-red scales that extend beyond the edge & age to pinkish-tan or dingy-yellow.

Other Information: A southern species. Often found on decaying wood at the base of trees, sometimes on the ground. Has a whitish veil over the pores when young, which may become a stem ring later on. Stem may have a red zone by the yellow pores. Whitish flesh stains yellow, becoming blue and then bluish gray. Likes oak and pine, often at the tee base.

Edibility: Edible. North American Boletes said otherwise, but the authors changed that in Boletes of Eastern North America.

CHEMICAL TESTS:

  • NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap surface turns olive yellow.
  • KOH: Cap surface turns olive yellow, then shifts to deep red.
  • FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap flesh turns green.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff  0 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians  0 North American Boletes 83 76

 

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