Pseudoboletus parasiticus (“Parasitic Bolete”)

Grows on the Poison Pigskin Puffball. Yellow/brown pores may stain reddish.

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Description

Name in North American Boletes: Boletus parasiticus

Genus: Pseudoboletus

  • Genus 2: Boletus
  • Genus 3: Xercomus

Species: parasiticus

Common Name: Parasitic Bolete

Tells: Grows on the Poison Pigskin Puffball. Yellow/brown pores may stain reddish.

Other Information:

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

Edibility: Good, though the puffball host should be avoided.

CHEMICAL TESTS:

  • NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap surface turns reddish- to dark brown.
  • KOH: Cap surface turns reddish- to dark brown. Cap flesh instantly turns orange-ochre.
  • FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap flesh turns olive-green.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff 571 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians 330 North American Boletes 136 BENA 288

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