Tells: Oft-wavy, dark (reddish brown to blackish) cap. Dark pores stain grayish orange, or in age a darker gray. Grayish cap flesh bruises orange-gray, resolving black.
Other Information: Grayish- to brownish-black stem may pale by the pores & is well-netted, esp. going up. Cap may crack or fissure w/age. Likes oak or pine in sandy soil. Pink to pinkish-gray or deep flesh-color spore print.
Edibility: The books say “unknown,” but it has earned a bad reputation among knowledgeable people in several areas where it grows. It is being downgraded here until evidence to the contrary arises.
- NH4OH (Ammonia): No data.
- KOH: Cap skin turns an almost-black wine red. Cap flesh turns winy pink. Stem flesh turns reddish orange.
- FeSO4 (Iron Salts): No data.