Name in North American Boletes: N/A
Common Name: The Swamp Fox
Tells: Reddish- or buff-brown cap pales from the edge in. Pale yellow flesh bruises blue–green, fading to peach & then dull pinkish orange. Unpleasant chemical odor.
Other Information: Cap bruises blue green, changing to olive green & then brown. Cap may taste taste slightly acidic. Pale yellow pores bruise blue–green, fading to olive. Stem is reddish brown below, pale yellow high, pinches at the base & may have vertical striations. Pale yellow stem flesh slowly bruises blue–green higher up, fading to bright chrome yellow. White mycelium. The one confirmed find occurred in an area of mixed oak and pine, in the fall.
Science Notes: A new species first published in 2021. The name honors mycologist Alan E. Bessette. This extraordinarily rare species has only been found once, in the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina (hence the common name).
- NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap skin turns amber with an expanding blue–green outer ring. Flesh turns yellow, then pale orange.
- KOH: Cap skin turns dark amber. Flesh turns yellow, then pale orange.
- FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap skin turns pale olive. Flesh has no reaction