Velvet Bolete

Suillus variegatus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Velvet Bolete Suillus variegatus (Sw.) Richon & Roze (illustrated 30% life size) Cap 6–13cm across; rusty-tawny or ochraceous to olivaceous, speckled with darker, small, flattened scales; initially slightly downy, becoming slightly greasy with age, tacky in wet weather. Stem 50–90Γ—15–20mm; ochre, more yellow towards apex, flushed rust below. Flesh pale lemon in cap, more deeply coloured in stem base, sometimes tinged with blue throughout or above the tubes; taste slight, smell strong, fungusy. Tubes dark buff. Pores subangular, compound; ochre, tinted olivaceous at first, becoming more cinnamon. Spores 9–11Γ—3–4ΒΌ, subfusoid-elongate to elliptical. Spore print walnut-brown. Habitat with conifers; late summer. Frequent. Edible.

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