Name in North American Boletes: Xanthoconium separans
- Genus 2: Xanthoconium
- 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.
- 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.
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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?
Pallidus has a hymenophore that stains blue.