Boletus pallidus (“Pallid Bolete”)

White cap browns with age. White pores age yellow to greenish-yellow and bruise an odd gray-green that fades to grayish brown.

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Description

Genus: Boletus

Species: pallidus

Common Name: Pallid Bolete

Tells: White cap browns with age. White pores age yellow to greenish-yellow and bruise an odd gray-green that fades to grayish brown.

Other Information: Cap flesh may slowly stain pinkish or bluish. White stem develops brown streaks by the base as it ages, sometimes w/ yellow band by the very top or red by the very base. Stem may slowly bruise blue. May have a slightly bitter taste. Pores may bruise erratically in younger specimens.

Edibility: Good

CHEMICAL TESTS:

  • NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap surface turns pale rusty orange. Cap flesh and pore surface turn blue-green.
  • KOH: Cap surface, flesh, and pore surface all turn rusty orange.
  • FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap surface and pore surface both turn pale rusty orange. Cap flesh does not react.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff 0 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians 318 North American Boletes 136 131

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