When: 2009-12-15

Collection location: China Camp State Park, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ken Stavropoulos (pennybun)

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found this bolete under hard oaks, in a spot that i have found the queen and.butter boletes. but not this one before,


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Queens rule…
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-12-18 17:43:54 CST (-0500)

Kings have occurred under Live Oak before. I have never seen one, but I trust reliable sources on that. Still, under Oaks the vast majority of things that we see is the Queen Bolete. I think that based on morphology alone, it is pretty apparent that this collection is it. Not sure why would it cause too many problems to people after a “careful” examination. Compare here:



Thanks for the info
By: Ken Stavropoulos (pennybun)
2009-12-18 16:20:32 CST (-0500)

Thanks guys for the input I think this is very intresting, king under live oak ,and would like to learn more. Ken

Boletus regineus
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-12-18 02:56:55 CST (-0500)

Ken informed me about this observation — to me this one is clearly B. regineus, although that the dirty greenish to ocherish sponge does give some clues towards the King. The sponge of the King is much redder at age. There is something about the cap of the Queen Bolete that makes it different than the King.

By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2009-12-18 01:58:01 CST (-0500)

I picked about 100 lbs of Boletus edulis var. grandedulis under coast live oak this year. It was definitely not growing with pine.

smells like a porcini king
By: Ken Stavropoulos (pennybun)
2009-12-17 21:14:43 CST (-0500)

WOW, it smelled like a boletus edulis when i sliced it up to dry it. and i have dried over 100 pounds over the last 11 years in marin, but those were all UNDER COASTAL PINE! , NOT HARD OAKS , its a new one to me…??

something other then that
By: Ken Stavropoulos (pennybun)
2009-12-16 18:02:31 CST (-0500)
Ive collected alot of kings ,queens, butters, but not this type before, not under oak in marin california, note the fine reticulated stipe, reddish pileus, what i would call a NEW bolete ,or a light red B regineus ?