Larch Bolete

  • cap is up to 15cm wide, convex, golden yellow to orange-red, smooth, sticky, slimy when wet.
  • older speciments are deep chestnut-red.
  • underside of cap consists of yellow tubes arranged radially that bruise brown.
  • flesh in cap flushes faintly lilac.
  • young specimens have partial veil developing to a yellow/red ring on the stem.
  • has solid stem, possibly widening at the base, yellowish above the ring and streaky reddish/brown below.
  • intermediate/mature specimens have a faint net pattern above ring.
  • grows in groups near larch trees.
  • appears in summer and fall.
  • has a mild taste and odor; cook before eating.
  • tip: boletes are mushrooms that grow on the ground and have a sponge-like surface on the underside of the cap - tiny pores, rather than gills. There are no deadly-poisonous boletes, though some poisonous varieties can cause nausea/vomiting. An unknown bolete is safe if it does not bruise blue after being cut, is not red on the underside of the cap, and does not taste foul. Small amounts should be consumed when testing an unfamiliar bolete.
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