Observation 78114: Boletus calopus var. frustosus (Snell & Dick) Miller & Watling
When: 2011-10-04
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found at in lodge pole pine, red fir, alder. bruising blue, yellow pores.

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It should be B. frustosus
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2011-10-07 22:26:51 CEST (+0200)

This specie was wrongly demoted into a varietal rank of B. calopus — which is a big and very obvious mistake as they do not look quite similar at all and I know both well. The molecular data supports the speciation too. Someone has to simply put a quick paper together and straighten the matter…

D.
apparently B. coniferarum is a PNW species…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-10-06 23:32:16 CEST (+0200)

with a darker cap than calopus when young, less pronounced reticulation and no red on the stipe (as Christian mentioned). Rubripes has a smooth stipe, completely red in age, and w/out reticulation.

They all have yellow pores.

Photos of all three in the Bessettes Book, as well as descriptions in Thiers, and a nice treatment of coniferarum in “Mushrooms of the PNW” by Trudell and Ammirati.

It’s better with bitter?

Good to know!
By: christopher hodge (christopher hodge)
2011-10-06 21:32:27 CEST (+0200)

I am still becoming acquainted with high country boletes as well. Been finding B. edulis var. grandedulis for a couple weeks now in lodgepole pine-aspen forest. You should encounter some good specimens with all this precipitation we are gratefully receiving. Good Luck!

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-10-06 21:01:33 CEST (+0200)

Also doesn’t have that much red (or any) on the upper stipe, from what I’ve heard.
I hope to find both when I head up to the North Sierra soon.

I was
By: christopher hodge (christopher hodge)
2011-10-06 19:19:12 CEST (+0200)

debating between B. calopus and B. coniferarum, but i guess coniferarum has whiter tubules than this specimen. The reticulation on the stalk is indicative that is isn’t B. rubripes from what I have read. Thanks for the input!

One of the bitter boletes
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-10-06 16:44:08 CEST (+0200)

B. calopus or perhaps B. rubripes, although the latter may have a paler cap – I don’t have field experience with it.

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