Aureoboletus russellii (“Russell’s Bolete”)

Long, deeply textured, pink-tan to red-brown stem is quite viscid, esp. by the base. Variable-colored cap often fissured or in scale-like patches.

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Description

Name in North American Boletes: Boletellus russellii

Genus: Aureoboletus

  • Genus 2: Boletellus
  • Genus 3: Frostiella

Species: Russellii

Common Name: Russell’s Bolete

Tells: Long, deeply textured, pink-tan to red-brown stem is quite viscid, esp. by the base. Variable-colored cap often fissured or in scale-like patches.

Other Information: Cap color varies from yellow-brown to reddish-brown to olive-gray. Deep yellow to greenish-yellow pores DNS, or sometimes get brighter yellow. Yellow or pale yellow cap flesh DNS, but often browns around larval tunnels. A fairly rare mushroom that is often confused with Boletellus betula. Russellii has a viscid stem while betula does not.

Edibility: Good.

CHEMICAL TESTS:

  • NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap skin turns reddish. Cap flesh does not change.
  • KOH: Cap skin does not change. Cap flesh may turn reddish, but not always.
  • FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap skin turns olive gray. Cap flesh turns blackish blue.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff 563 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians 298 North American Boletes 86 207

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