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Yellow False Truffle

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Mainly found in sandy Scottish pine forests this truffle or potato looking fungi breaks the surface making it a lot easier to find than any true truffle.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Yellow False Truffle
Scientific Name Rhizopogdon luteolas
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 3
Average Cap width (CM) 4
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Fruiting Body

Tan/yellow with a tough skin which can be covered in mycelial, thread like strands. Starting generally spherical but growing into varied potato like shapes.

Flesh

Starting with almost completely white flesh but maturing to a marble patterned olive grey colour.

Habitat

Scottish pine forests on sandy soil. Rare in the rest of the UK.

Possible Confusion

Various Puffballs can look similar but are not orange with thread like ‘roots’.
Earthballs, pictured,  can look similar but on maturity have a dark purple to black interior and thick, tough skin. Earthballs are poisonous.

Spore Print

Olivaceous. Elliptical to oblong.

Frequency

Uncommon.

Other Facts

The Rhizopogon species are more closely linked to the Suillus subsection of the Boletales family and are not related to any truffles.
The Yellow False Truffle is ectomycorrhizal with pine species and is beneficial to the forest and its trees growth.

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