Tells: White cap flesh may slowly stain pink & sometimes has a “sweet molasses” smell. Cap starts deep red, ages to red-brown, & usually has a “beveled” edge.
Other Information: A stereotypical, plain, brown & white mushroom. Cap typically has an abrupt, beveled edge and the stem may have purplish tones. Stipe typically has “marbling” but not significant reticulation. White pores get browner (not pinker) w/age & stain brown. Other than those details you need chemical tests and a microscope to reliably distinguish from T. ferrugineus. Has a redder cap and much less netting than the Brown-Net Bolete (T. variobrunneus). Likes oak. Spore print is purple/brown.
- NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap skin turns amber-brown to dark amber. Stem skin and white stem base instantly turn blackish brown.
- KOH: No data.
- FeSO4 (Iron Salts): No data.