Deceiving Bolete

Boletus queletii

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Deceiving Bolete Boletus queletii Schulzer (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 5–15cm across; red-brown to brick, bruising bluish-black on handling; minutely pruinose at first, particularly towards the margin, becoming more polished. Stem 70–100Γ—25–45mm; yellow, flushed with coral from apex to middle and minutely dotted with red or orange, more red towards base. Flesh lemon-yellow in cap, immediately turning blue on cutting, sometimes with a red line above tubes, base of stem blackish-purple; taste and smell not distinctive. Tubes dirty ochre, becoming bluish-olivaceous on cutting. Pores initially peach, becoming more orange then rusty, with a pale zone at margin, bruising dark blue. Spores 12–14Γ—5.5–6.5ΒΌ, subfusiform. Spore print olivaceous walnut-brown. Habitat with broad-leaved trees, especially beech and oak in south-east England; autumn. Rare. Edible.

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