Retiboletus ornatipes (“Ornate Bolete”)

Bright yellow, heavily textured stem bruises toward orange. Yellow pores stain yellow-orange. Often tastes bitter.

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Description

A magnificent array by Robert Gergulics of "The 3 Foragers"

A magnificent array by Robert Gergulics of “The 3 Foragers”

Name in North American Boletes: Boletus ornatipes

Genus: Retiboletus

  • Genus 2: Boletus

Species: ornatipes

  • Species 2: retipes

Common Name: Ornate Bolete

Tells: Bright yellow, heavily textured stem bruises toward orange. Yellow pores stain yellow-orange. Often tastes bitter.

Other Information: Cap color varies greatly, but often it has a darker center w/ yellow toward the edge.

Science Notes: DNA testing moved this mushroom into the newly erected genus “Retiboletus.”

Edibility: Iffy. Many specimens, but not all, are too bitter to eat. The non-bitter ones are considered good.

CHEMICAL TESTS:

  • NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap surface turns brownish. Cap flesh turns pale brownish.
  • KOH: Cap surface turns pale orange-brown. Cap flesh turns pale orange-brown.
  • FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap surface does not react. Yellow cap flesh turns dull white.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff 570 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians 304 North American Boletes 134

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