Mainly found on acid moorland/heathland with Scots Pine, particularly in Scotland and the North.
|Common Names||Velvet Bolete, Boled Melfed (CY), Maślak Pstry (PL), Tarka Tinóru (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Boletus / Suillus variegatus|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||6–10|
|Average Cap width (CM)||5–14|
Brown, yellow to orange brown with fine velvety scales, usually dry unless found in wet weather.
Mustard coloured but the ends on the outside are a darker orange/brown. Can blue where handled.
Concolorous with the cap but usually slightly lighter, cylindrical but sometimes with a slightly swollen base.
Grows in coniferous woodland (on acidic heathlands, moorlands or plantations), mycorrhizal with pines, particularly Scots pine.
Larch Bolete (Suillus grevillei), pictured, looks similar and grows in a similar habitat but it has a ring zone on the stem that is absent on the Velvet Bolete.
Taste / Smell
Acidic. Not one of the best Boletes for the table.
Occasional and widespread. More common on the Scottish Highlands, less common in England and Wales.
Yellow brown. Subfusiform.