Boletus rubroflammeus

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.

Description

Genus: Boletus

Species: rubroflammeus

Common Name:

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.

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 154 BENA 107

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Martin Livezey
5 months 6 days ago

Do boletes eat bacteria?

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Richard Jacob
3 months 30 days ago

Fungal mycelium competes with bacteria for food. It is thought that the mycelium can actually eat bacteria, although it is not clear. See this summary for more.