Name in North American Boletes: Boletus rubropunctus
- Genus 2: Boletus
- Species 2: rubropunctum
Common Name: “Ashtray Bolete”
Tells: Smallish (<3″) red-brown cap is usually furrowed or wrinkled. Unpleasant “ash tray” smell. Buff-yellow stem w/reddish spots. Yellowish flesh DNS.
Other Information: Bright yellow pores age to brownish yellow and DNS. The stem is often quite long and/or sharply curved at the bottom. The cap can be viscid, and will be smooth on some rare specimens.
Science Notes: DNA testing moved this mushroom from Boletus to Leccinum.
Edibility: Edible but supposed to taste “unpleasant”.
- NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap skin turns amber. Flesh briefly flashes blue-green.
- KOH: Cap skin turns amber. Flesh turns orange.
- FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap skin turns pale olive. Flesh turns grayish olive.