Boletus flammans (“Flame Bolete”)

Red to brown-red cap stains blue. Red to orange-red pores stain blue. Yellow cap flesh stains blue. Red oft-netted stem may have yellow base.

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Description

Genus: Boletus

Species: flammans

Common Name: “Flame Bolete”

Tells: Red to brown-red cap stains blue. Red to orange-red pores stain blue. Yellow cap flesh stains blue. Red oft-netted stem may have yellow base.

Other Information: A red-pored blue-stainer that likes conifers (esp. spruce, hemlock and pine) but can grow under beech or other leafy trees. B. rubroflammeus grows under leafy trees and has even more netting (but see below). Rubroboletus rhodosanguineus has a browner stem, more netting, likes oak, & has a distinctive smell.

Science Notes: Boletes of Eastern North America merges B. rubroflammeus into this mushroom but some authorities think the debate is still open.

Edibility: Edibility unknown.

CHEMICAL TESTS:

  • NH4OH (Ammonia): No data.
  • KOH: No data.
  • FeSO4 (Iron Salts): No data.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff 0 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians 0 North American Boletes 111 107

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