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Boletus bicolor.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Two-colored Bolete
Boletus bicolor Mushroom
Ref No: 7220
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Boletus bicolor2 Mushroom
Ref No: 7221
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location: North America
edibility: Choice
fungus colour: Yellow, Red or redish or pink
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Simple stem
spore colour: Olivaceous
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Boletus bicolor Pk. Two-colored Bolete Cap 5-15cm across, convex then flattened; deep rose red to pinkish, fading with age, paler toward margin; dry, subtomentose, then soon smooth with age, often cracking in dry weather. Tubes yellow. Pores I-2 per mm; bright yellow, blue when bruised. Stem 50-100 x 10-30mm equal to slightly clavate below; colored as cap for lower two-thirds, yellow above, slowly bruising blue; smooth, dull, dry. Flesh firm; pale yellow, slowly bruising blue. Odor not distinctive. Taste not distinctive. Spores ellipsoid, 8-11 x 3.5-4.5(5). Deposit olive-brown. Habitat in oak woods. Common. Found widespread in eastern North America. Season July-October. Edible-good, but see Comment. Comment The very similar Boletus sensibilis, which has been reported as poisonous, differs in its brick-red cap and its instant color change to blue when cut. Boletus miniato-olivaceus Frost also has a red cap, but it has a mostly yellow stem.

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Bobby Boergerhoff (United States) - 22 June 2014

I believe this is a bicolor bolete but am so new st identification that I have not dared to eat it. It has a rosy-red, dry cap with yellow at the edges, and small yellow pores that stain blue when bruised, but when I cut it there was almost no color change. The stalk is yellow at the top and becomes rosy farther down. I found quite a few and would like to eat them, but am looking for more opinions first.
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craig campana (United States) - 16 September 2013

I'm not sure on this one ecspacialy after reading of the poisonous ones that bruise bluish green almost right away. I'm not to familiar w/ boletes. But this one was found on Sept.12, 2013.
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nakkeya horton (United States) - 06 September 2012

Could tis be a boletus bi color?
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Kristina Trott (United States) - 20 January 2012

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Jenny Campbell (United States) - 11 September 2011

Please let me know if you think that this is a bicolor bolete. It was found in South Carolina. When stem was cut it did not turn blue. After a bit we noticed a tiny streak of blue. Yellow pores are so tiny, you can't see them with the naked eye. Touched the pores and the spot didn't turn any color, but after doing a spore print over night, I noticed that spot where touched was reddish. See attached pic and please let me know your opinion. Thanks! Jenny
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