Common Name: “Black Velvet Bolete”
Tells: Velvety black cap. Oft-swollen or bulbous stem echoes the cap color. Pores & white cap flesh usually stain pink, then become dark.
Other Information: The cap may have a whitish or purplish bloom when very young, & can crack in age. Pores start out bright white & slowly age toward pinkish. Both the pores and cap flesh usually stain pink before turning dark, but the staining doesn’t always happen in extreme youth or age. Likes oak.
- NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap skin does not react. Cap flesh turns olive before shifting to brownish orange.
- KOH: Cap skin turns amber-orange. Cap flesh turns pinkish orange.
- FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap skin has no reaction. Cap flesh instantly turns grayish- to greenish- blue.