Common Name: “False Black Velvet Bolete”
Tells: Think “T. alboater but under hemlock.” Gray to black velvety cap often cracks even when young. White cap flesh slowly blackens w/no red phase.
Other Information: White pores soon age to cocoa & stain red- to blackish-brown. Occasionally twisted stem is white on top & dark below. Cap flesh odor described as “musty.” Found in Western New York State, the limits are unknown. A smaller mushroom <3½” tall or across. T. alboater (Black Velvet Bolete) likes oak rather than hemlock, stains pinkish or red before slowly resolving toward black, & has pores that age toward pink rather than brown.
- NH4OH (Ammonia): No data.
- KOH: No data.
- FeSO4 (Iron Salts): No data.