A rather unspectacular Bolete that can be difficult to identify to species, particularly as it ages. Although edible, this mushroom is rather tasteless and has a very spongy texture.
|Common Names||Sepia Bolete|
|Scientific Name||Boletus / Xerocomellus porosporus|
|Synonyms||Boletus porosporus, Xerocomus porosporus|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||8|
|Average Cap width (CM)||6|
Starts olive brown and covered in tiny velvet like hairs, becoming paler and cracking, revealing cream to pale yellow flesh.
The pores are angular and start lemon yellow but darken with age and can then bruise blue. Xerocomoid Boletes have pore tubes that will generally split in half if the cap is torn apart, other Boletes pore tubes will normally separate and remain whole leaving them unbroken.
The top of the stem is bright yellow with a red zone or ring becoming brown/grey lower down, as the mushroom ages it looses these features with the stem becoming grey/brown with a slightly lighter apex.
White/yellow in the cap and top of the stem, becoming red/brown towards the base. Can stain blue when cut, especially in the cap.
Red Cracked Bolete, pictured, can look very similar but it usually has a mainly red stem and pink to red flesh between the cracks in the cap.
Although edible, it is not a tasty mushroom and we don’t recommend eating them.