When: 2007-02-19

Collection location: Mountain View, Santa Clara Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

No specimen available

I’m not sure I like this id, but I don’t know what else they can be. They pretty much look like B. appendiculatus, except they are small, out of season (no biggy), the pores turn blue but very slowly, and the stipes are half red. Usually these are big and the pores blue quickly.

The flesh is bright yellow, and blues pretty quickly, much quicker than the pores.

The taste is very mild (almost plesant), so that knocks out the bitter boletes. So, I think this is right, but I’m not so sure…

Feb. 25, 2007 — Forgot to get back to this one. I took these to the Fungus Fed. meeting in Santa Cruz, and showed them around. All agreed they looked a little weird, but consensus was they were just B. chrysenteron growing short because of dry conditions. But still don’t know about that one either…


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Xerocomus dryophilus?
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-02-25 23:37:59 CST (-0500)

They have the characteristic pinched red stipe. Compare to http://mushroomobserver.org/11.

Boletus spadiceus
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2007-02-19 22:18:16 CST (-0500)

The cap is not right for B. appendiculatus. Boletus spadiceus is also mild and looks close, at least ONE photo showed a reticulated stalk.