Summer Bolete

Boletus reticulatus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Summer Bolete Boletus reticulatus Schaeff. Pers. syn. B. aestivalis (Paulet) Fr. (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 7–20cm across; pale straw-colour to pale walnut-brown; dry, soon becoming rough and cracking into small scales, particularly at centre. Stem 60–150Γ—20–50mm; covered in a dense white network; robust. Flesh white throughout, sometimes with slight yellowish tinges; smell and taste strong but pleasant. Tubes white then greenish-yellow. Pores small, round, colouring similar to tubes. Spores 13–15Γ—4.5–5.5ΒΌ, subfusiform. Spore print olivaceous walnut-brown. Habitat with beech and oak; early summer to autumn. Occasional. Edible excellent.

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