Boletus fragrans


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Boletus fragrans Vittad. (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 5–12cm across; convex then expanded; umber to date-brown, velvety at first, becoming smooth. Stem 70–90×30–50mm, spindle-shaped; apex yellow, becoming flushed red below, whitish above the base in young specimens, extreme base black. Flesh lemon-yellow, flushed red below cap cuticle, bluing only after several hours; taste and smell pleasant. Tubes lemon-yellow, sometimes with olivaceous flush. Pores lemon-yellow at first then chrome-yellow, bruising faintly bluish. Spores 9–16×4.5–6.5¼, elliptical. Spore print olivaceous. Habitat deciduous woods; autumn. Very rare. Edible.

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