Boletus separans (“Lilac Bolete”)

Variable cap (buff to purplish-brown) usually has lilac tones & is often wrinkled or pitted. White-netted cap-colored stem.

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Description

Name in North American Boletes: Xanthoconium separans

Genus: Boletus

  • Genus 2: Xanthoconium

Species: separans

  • Species 2: pseudoseparans

Common Name: “Lilac Bolete”

Tells: Variable cap (buff to purplish-brown) usually has lilac tones & is often wrinkled or pitted. White-netted cap-colored stem.

Other Information: Whitish pores age through yellow toward brown, & DNS. White cap flesh DNS, & may taste sweet/nutty.

Science Notes: DNA testing has moved this mushroom from Xanthoconium back into Boletus. It’s actually a close relative of edulis.

Edibility: Choice.

CHEMICAL TESTS:

  • NH4OH (Ammonia): Lilac parts of the cap skin and stem skin both turn aquamarine to deep blue. Brown parts of the cap skin turn brick- to blood-red.
  • KOH: Lilac parts of the cap skin and stem skin both turn aquamarine, dingy slate-green, bright green, or dark green. Brown parts of the cap skin turn rusty brown.
  • FeSO4 (Iron Salts): No data.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff 0 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians 313 North American Boletes 279 153

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Sarah
1 year 10 months ago

I am having a hard time finding the differneces between Boletus seperans and bolete Pallidus. They appear very similar to me – what is the difference?

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Roy Halling
1 year 9 months ago

Pallidus has a hymenophore that stains blue.