Observation 137001: Tylopilus P. Karst.

When: 2013-06-20

Collection location: Mount Lofty, South Australia, Australia [Click for map]

Who: Kari (Kari)

No specimen available

I found several specimens of this bolete in an area populated by European trees, mainly oak and pine. They occurred in leaf litter. These are very dense, solid fungi. Cross-section reveals a rapid discolouration of flesh. I have tried in vain to identify these – my conclusion is that they are old Boletus edulis. Any ideas?

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Recognized by sight: some of the many and possibly still undescribed Tylopili of Oz

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Yes, over the years
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2013-06-21 09:43:39 PDT (-0700)

I really got to hate them because of the silly people who hate every other mushroom and believe to have the privilege to play God and kill every other living fungal organism around them!
Bar stools? That’s fun …
I have been to Oz and yes, Amanita muscaria is the most common fungus over there as is Paxillus involutus with introduced birch or Suillus luteus with monterey pine, also they have Lactarius gerardii from the US over there.
But I haven’t seen any Boletus edulis or the like and I haven’t seen any people doing any harm to any mushroom except silly strangers from abroad and from a-continent or how you will call that :)

um, they are fun to find?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2013-06-21 09:30:35 PDT (-0700)

in CA, they get so big you can use them as bar stools?

I was more curious about whether they have been introduced to OZ. The part about getting my own tree is just a joke, but you better believe that others would be signing up for their trees, if introducing edulis into the home landscape was a possibility.

Lots of folks like to eat edulis, who am I to argue? Know any Italians?

You sound a bit bitter Gerhard. Sorry to hear it.

I hardly eat any wild mushrooms, and if I do, make mine amanitas. ;)

What’s so amazing about Boletus edulis?!
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2013-06-21 08:42:51 PDT (-0700)

I will never get that. There are way better mushrooms to eat!!!
Besides when those chaps (and their relatives) pop up every other fungus is in permanent danger of being destroyed recklessly. So I always pray that Boletus edulis doesn’t show up (or Boletus aestivalis/reticulatus, aereus or in America variipes and so on) …
No edules, no chantarelles, just minimal damage.
Ever thought about that?

Besides, not all Tylopilus are inedible. If they are not tasting bitter you can eat them (IMO).

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2013-06-21 07:52:18 PDT (-0700)

reports from local media about mushrooms, if my experiences in NA are any indication!

Edulis would’ve needed to come in with a host tree. Suillus sp. certainly hitchhike around the world, and Amanita muscaria does, too, and Amanita phalloides, but I don’t think that I have ever heard of introduced edulis anywhere. Otherwise, I’d be signing up for one of those trees, myself! ;)

Correct me if I’m wrong, folks. It would be nice to document it if true.

Mysterious bolete
By: Kari (Kari)
2013-06-20 20:58:53 PDT (-0700)

Thanks Debbie, Tylopilus seems like a much more likely ID. Admittedly a B. edulis ID was wishful thinking – according to local media, magnificent ceps have recently been found growing wild in undisclosed parts of the Adelaide Hills…

blue staining, pink pores…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2013-06-20 07:42:10 PDT (-0700)

not edulis.

Tylopilus is a better fit, but in OZ, who knows what it is?

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