Observation 49518: Boletus bicolor Peck

When: 2010-08-02

Collection location: Mount Pisgah, North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)

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same shot, different photographers
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2014-11-16 20:28:17 EST (-0500)
how do you describe smells?
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2010-08-03 16:16:06 EDT (-0400)

when you can’t place what is smells like other then what it smells like…
The mushroom that comes to mind right away is Craterellus cornucopioides what does that smell like to you? to me it smells like Black Trumpets, nothing else. bicolor is the same way. It’s mushroomery, a hint of lemon… I’m going to go pick some and spend the rest of the day sniffing them, see if I can describe it better.

Forgive my ignorance but what is the bolete that smells like maple syrup?

Also B. sensibilis can have a pinkish/red stipe, see my ob

Color is really important in this group, these are a little pinkish for bicolor but color isn’t enough to go on to ID them; flesh color, staining, staining speed, tube depth and odor are all very useful.

sweet debate…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-08-03 13:38:24 EDT (-0400)

we are of course speaking specifically of the two poisonous boletes that look like bicolor, NOT all mushroom smells everywhere. obviously, maple syrup does not always indicate poison (the CA candy cap comes to mind)… just in this case. And yes, you’re right, it’s hard enuf to ID these in hand, let alone from a photo.

Hey Noah, if bicolor smell is so distinctive…describe it so that others can know it, too, just from your description! Much easier to recognize beef bouillion or curry, wouldn’t you say?

I disagree
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2010-08-03 12:56:51 EDT (-0400)

it is distinctive, smell enough of them and you to will know “bicolor smell”

All those good smells indicate poisonous mushrooms? not always… esp. maple syrup.

These red capped yellow pored boletes are tough enough to field ID, let alone from a picture

but not distinctive…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-08-03 12:51:43 EDT (-0400)

like curry or fenugreek or maple syrup or beef bouillion. Ironic, isn’t it, that all of those GOOD smells indicate a poisonous mushroom?!

ps love your hat Noah…who’s your haberdasher? ;)

By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2010-08-03 12:17:49 EDT (-0400)

bicolor has an odor; it smells like bicolor

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-08-03 12:11:23 EDT (-0400)

if it blues slowly and doesn’t have an odor, bicolor is prob. spot-on.

too much pink/red on stipe for sensibilis…

No testing
By: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)
2010-08-03 11:56:04 EDT (-0400)

I didn’t check for bruising when picked — at a day
old, I split it & it didn’t change, but it was beginning
to dry out. I still lean towards B. bicolor

By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2010-08-02 21:56:53 EDT (-0400)

Watch out for the color police :P

looks really pink.
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2010-08-02 21:51:32 EDT (-0400)

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