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Rooting Bolete

Inedible Inedible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

Although not poisonous this mushroom is so bitter it will ruin any dish you put it in.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Rooting Bolete
Scientific Name Boletus / Caloboletus radicans
Synonyms Boletus albidus
Season Start Aug
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 20
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Off white to grey/brown, darkening with age. Can get very big and uneven and will show cracking on the surface of the cap.

Pores

Does not have gills but lemon yellow, tight, sponge like pores which bruise blue.

Stem

Lemon yellow at the top getting browner and ‘dirtier’ towards the swollen, slightly rooting base. The stem has a light coloured mesh which is best seen towards the top.

Flesh

Yellow when first cut but quickly changing to off white in the cap and then turning blue.

Habitat

Usually with oak and beech but will grow with other deciduous trees.

Possible Confusion

Other Boletes, particularly Boletus calopus, pictured.

Spore Print

Olive/brown. Subfusiform.

Taste / Smell

Bitter.

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