Boletus subcaerulescens (“Almost Bluing King Bolete”)

Stem netting white high, darker on lower 75%. Reddish-brown, oft-wrinkled cap. Creamy pores age to yellow & usually stain blue-gray that turns brownish.

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Description

Genus: Boletus

Species: subcaerulescens

Common Name: “Almost Bluing King Bolete”

Tells: Stem netting white high, darker on lower 75%. Reddish-brown, oft-wrinkled cap. Creamy pores age to yellow & usually stain blue-gray that turns brownish.

Other Information: White cap flesh can have a reddish-brown zone near the cap skin and/or the tubes, & often has a pleasant smell (lemony) and/or taste (nutty-sweet). Prefers spruce. White mycelium.

Edibility: Choice, with no question about it.

CHEMICAL TESTS:

  • NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap skin turns bluish green, then bright orange with a dull gray-green perimeter, then yellow-orange. Cap flesh does not react.
  • KOH: Cap skin turns amber-orange. Cap flesh does not react.
  • FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap skin does not react. Cap flesh turns pale greenish.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff 0 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians 301 North American Boletes 161 157

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