When: 2009-06-26

Collection location: Strouds Run State Park, Athens, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

These were found in a large moss bed on a ridge top under oak.

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10% (4)
Recognized by sight
26% (7)
Recognized by sight: bright yellow pore surface, bluing; reddish cap and stipe, cap often cracking. mild flavor and odor.
-29% (1)
Recognized by sight

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This is not B. bicolor
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2018-11-06 18:51:00 PST (-0800)
Bicolor look-alike
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2009-06-29 16:32:31 PDT (-0700)

There is a bicolor look-alike out there which looks very much like bicolor with no distinctive odor. Both Bill Roody and I have encountered it and have had “mild” digestive problems after consuming it cooked.

I found
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-06-28 13:33:51 PDT (-0700)

Boletus sensibilis too for it is quite common in the Smokies; but I think it is not so dangerous to mistake it with Boletus bicolor; at least I didn’t mistake it.
BTW, I love B. sensibilis – the fast and striking bluing is admirable. The gestalt is different too I think (the ones I found always had a rather long and more slender stipe but please do correct me if I’m wrong about this). Unfortunately I cannot remember the smell of both of ’em and just have photos done the “old way”:)

you’re right Walt; I forget folks actually eat bicolor…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-06-27 16:16:38 PDT (-0700)

but shouldn’t smell separate the poisonous ones out? weird smells, too…like beef bouillion and fenugreek for B. sensibilis, and beef bouillion and (yum!)spoiled meat for pallidoroseus?

any other good ways to tell bicolor from its poisonous lookalikes?

B. bicolor…
By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2009-06-27 14:57:37 PDT (-0700)

MMMMMMMM, I love finding these, they are so good when prepared properly.

They kinda taste like eggs I think.

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2009-06-27 14:48:03 PDT (-0700)

There are B. bicolor look alikes out there and some of them a mildly toxic.

spore photos added
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-06-26 11:08:57 PDT (-0700)
I agree
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-06-26 07:16:03 PDT (-0700)

with Boletus bicolor which I found in North Carolina in July quite frequently.

taste and odor mild
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-06-26 07:02:57 PDT (-0700)

Thanks Debbie,

There are many beautiful fungi to be found here if one is determined to search for them.

taste or odor?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-06-26 06:58:06 PDT (-0700)

and who knew that Ohio was such a hotbed of fungi? nice collections, Dan.