Matt Bolete

Boletus pruinatus

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Mushrooms

By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Matt Bolete Boletus pruinatus Fr. & Hök (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 4–10cm across; dark red-brown or chestnut when young, becoming lighter and more pink with age; hoary bloom, which is destroyed by handling. Stem 90–100×20–30mm; lemon-yellow or yellow-chrome at apex, irregularly covered with fine blood-red dots, base more red, arising from apricot-coloured mycelium. Flesh lemon-chrome throughout, darker brown at base, slowly turning blue-green on cutting; taste and smell not distinctive. Tubes lemon-yellow when young, becoming bluish with age. Pores small, colouring similar to tubes. Spores 11.5–14×4.5–5.5¼, subfusiform. Spore print olivaceous walnut-brown. Habitat in mixed broad-leaved woods, especially when beech is present; summer and autumn. Frequent. Edible.

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