Observation 26104: Boletus L.

When: 2009-10-01

Collection location: Mendocino, Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ryane Snow (snowmam)

No specimen available

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-33% (5)
Recognized by sight: found in coastal mixed conifer forest <1 mile inland; taste mild; faint reticulations at the very apex of the stipe; blue staining
84% (1)
Recognized by sight: Is neither B. appendiculatus nor albidus, this has reddish pores like B. luridus and the like. Could be undescribed and should be watched and preserved in future finds.
50% (3)
Used references: I initially ruled out B. smithii because most sources mention the reddish coloration at the apex of the stipe. However, Thiers, in his description of B. smithii (Mycologia 57: 530, 1965), mentions that the red and yellow color pattern of the stipe is sometimes reversed. Also, in a private communication, David Arora suggested that this mushroom may be B. smithii.
55% (1)
Recognized by sight: The gray, suede-leather cap, over hanging tissue on the margin, red blush to the stipe base. Reddening of pores happens in a lot of boletes, and is not a reliable identification feature.

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