A non distinctive, often hard to identify member of the Xerocomus genus that can be quite variable in colour.
|Common Names||Suede Bolete (EN), Yellow Cracked Bolete, Cap Tyllog Melfedaidd (CY), Podgrzybek Zajączek (PL), Molyhos Tinóru (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Boletus / Xerocomus subtomentosus|
|Synonyms||Boletus subtomentosus, Ceriomyces subtomentosus|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||5-14|
|Average Cap width (CM)||8-12|
Starting convex and then flattening out. Very variable in colour from dark brown to tan to olivaceous to yellow and even red. The surface is finely hairy (tomentose) or smooth as it ages and can crack, revealing a yellow or white flesh.
Pale to bright yellow and can continue down the stem a short distance. Can turn blue where bruised.
Can be cylindrical, tapered or club shaped. Usually pale yellow with a pink/brown base and can have course reticulation at the apex. Can look fibrous with tiny floccules.
White to pale yellowish, sometimes blueing slightly in the cap but not always. The base of the stem is pinkish brown.
Rusty Bolete (Xerocomus ferrugineus) is very similar but lacks the pinkish brown in the stem base and has whiter flesh.
Poplar Bolete (Xerocomus silwoodensis) is again similar but has a more pronounced recticulum and grows with Poplar.
Goldenthread Bolete (Xerocomus chrysonemus) has wider pores and yellow hyphal cords joined to the base.
Taste / Smell
Sharp and acidic.
Thought to be fairly common but probably misidentified and under recorded often.
Olive brown. Subfusiform to ellipsoid.
Not the best edible when fresh but like many Boletes, the flavour and texture can be improved by drying.