Collection location: Woodbury, Connecticut, USA [Click for map]
Reddish/Orange-Brown cap (approximately 9cm). Stem was red at the bottom and slightly more yellowish/orange near the top. Flesh was yellow. Pores were yellow/orange in color. Pore surface bruised blue easily and immediately upon being scratched. Stem bruised blue on edges of scratch marks immediately as well. Spotted along a wooded path in a mostly deciduous forest. These are similar to mushrooms (Identified as Baorangia bicolor) that I recently spotted near this location, except the color of these was not as vibrantly red, and they stained blue much faster. Maybe they are the same species, but I’m not sure.
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Baorangia bicolor, also known as the two-colored bolete or red and yellow bolete after its two-tone coloring scheme of red and yellow, is an edible fungus in the genus Baorangia. It inhabits most of eastern North America, primarily east of the Rocky Mountains and in season during the summer and fall months but can be found across the globe in China and Nepal. Its fruit body, the mushroom, is classed as medium or large in size, which helps distinguish it from the many similar appearing species that have a smaller stature. A deep blue/indigo bruising of the pore surface and a less dramatic bruising coloration change in the stem over a period of several minutes are identifying characteristics that distinguish it from the similar poisonous species Boletus sensibilis. There are two variations of this species, variety borealis and variety subreticulatus, and several other similar species of fungi are not poisonous.