Tells: Dark wine-red cap cracks w/age. Red pores dull w/age & quickly blue. Red-netted, cap-colored stem (often yellow by pores) bruises blue.
Other Information: Yellow cap flesh quickly blues. Stem has dark red netting on at least the upper portion. Likes leafy trees. Hard to distinguish from the other red-pored blue-stainers.
Science Notes: Boletes of Eastern North America has merged this mushroom into Boletus flammans, but some authorities think the debate is still open.
Edibility: Avoid. Known to be a sick-maker.
- NH4OH (Ammonia): No data.
- KOH: No data.
- FeSO4 (Iron Salts): No data.
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Do boletes eat bacteria?
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