Observation 278360: Boletus sect. Boletus

Found under spruce. And yes, some of them were right next to the amanitas.

They look really good, especially the one with the clear white netting, but the others have a different pattern to the stipe and were found one tree away. It’s possible there’s two species.

I am not naming a species in order to avoid the jinx.

The finds in the final photo are obviously not boletes, but they were found in a group under a different spruce at the same location. I believe it’s one genus with three species:

(1) two Sphericus bireticulatum, pre- and post-sporulation;
(2) a typical Sphericus dimpleatus; and
(3) two Sphericus tomentosus a/k/a Sphericus fugere-a-canibus. It’s my understanding that the two names have been placed in synonymy.


Clear shot of white netting, but this is the one from a different tree. The other group has more obscure netting.
Beauty and the Beast.
The netting isn’t as white.
Darker reticulation. Same species? The caps are identical, as is the overall look and feel if you account for more yellow in the pores of this older specimen.
The stems were less solid than expected. This explains why.
There is reticulation, but it is very subtle and hard to call “white”. This is one of the ones in the amanita photo.

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Great photo of reticulation (thumbnail), Scott; and
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2017-06-07 15:11:55 PDT (-0700)

love the last photo. I laughed out loud:)

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