Boletus rubriceps (“Rocky Mountain Red”)

Think B. edulis w/a dark red cap (unless faded by sunlight toward yellow-brown) that grows w/mountain spruce in the Southwest. May taste sweet or nutty.

Description

Genus: Boletus

Species: rubriceps

Common Name: Rocky Mountain Red

  • Common Name 2: Rocky Mountain Red-capped King Bolete

Tells: Think B. edulis w/a dark red cap (unless faded by sunlight toward yellow-brown) that grows w/mountain spruce in the Southwest. May taste sweet or nutty.

Other Information: White pores age to yellow or greenish & DNS (maybe bluing slightly if old or wet). White-buff, clavate (bulb at the bottom) stem w/white netting higher up. Netting may sometimes age browner. White cap flesh DNS, or may blue slightly by the tubes. Likes spruce, but may grow w/pine or fir. A big (12″ across) meaty mushroom. Grows quickly after summer thunderstorms, especially by the edges of trails, ski runs, etc. Here is the original publication. NOTE: Rare specimens have a straight yellow cap instead of red.

Edibility: Choice. And that’s an understatement.

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  0

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