Observation 211676: Boletus variipes Peck

When: 2015-07-29

Collection location: Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Scott Pavelle (Scott Pavelle)

No specimen available

This is a senior citizen that’s right on the edge of going bad, but still smells sweet & mushroomy despite being very light and dry. It was growing with a big, old oak in a lawn that grows many different kinds of bolete. Ants have been at it, particularly in the stem, but I think that’s it.

I originally called B. subcaerulescens but have become convinced that variipes is more likely.

The lack of red tones and the extensive cracking in the cap bother me for subcaerulescens, but we’ve had no rain for about 10 days with temps in the high 80’s and 90’s, so I think that could account for it. The water that stimulated growth would have been from lawn care (probably 5 days ago), which suggests a heavy dousing and then nothing.

Variipes wins because the fissuring cap is typical, and because a review of the books shows that the pores CAN get this dark, which I hadn’t known.

The white netting fits both. Alas, but I still have not gotten my chemistry kit.

I considered pallidus, but this seems to be too brown even accounting for age. Edulis is out too since that doesn’t grow under oaks around here.

Proposed Names

-3% (2)
Recognized by sight
Used references: Bessette et. al, NORTH AMERICAN BOLETES
47% (2)
Recognized by sight: The cracked cap surface is typical for variipes.

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Agree that Variipes is more likely.
By: Scott Pavelle (Scott Pavelle)
2015-07-30 14:12:46 CDT (-0400)

I hadn’t realized the pores could get so dark, but the books say they can. That makes it the clear favorite IMHO.

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