Observation 70312: Boletus rubripes Thiers

When: 2011-06-27

Collection location: Deschutes Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]

Who: Leon Shernoff (mushroomthejournal)

Specimen available

This is a blue-stainer — note drawing of morel on pores. The whole thing stained blue when cut in half, and this later faded to a sort of grayish buff color.

Found fairly high up (maybe around 4000 feet? Tobiah knows the details) in a sparsely wooded area around a small lake — trees including douglas fir, grand fir, and the other usual suspects for such an altitude/latitude.

I haven’t been able to find a name for anything resembling this.



Proposed Names

28% (5)
Recognized by sight
-11% (2)
Recognized by sight: Sava found a very similar bolete on the same mountain at similar elevation: http://mushroomobserver.org/49217?q=57r5
His cap isn’t cracked, so the question is whether my cracking is environmental or more intrinsic.
84% (1)
Recognized by sight

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By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2011-06-28 12:56:11 CDT (-0400)

This one does go under the name B. rubripes, but I have no doubt that it is a different species than the coastal one, based on morphology alone. The staining reaction is different too. As far as the taste, I agree that it has more an unpleasant than a strong bitter tinge, but it is not mild. The taste is somewhat latent after well chewed on. I had two collections this weekend. They appear somewhat infrequently in SN, but Arora mentions them. I have preserved them to see what the gene regions will say.

Not bitter but unpleasant
By: Leon Shernoff (mushroomthejournal)
2011-06-28 10:00:00 CDT (-0400)

It was “slowly unpleasant” (I’m not the one who tasted it). The taster had no reaction at first, but after… about 45 seconds, he said that something unpleasant was coating his mouth. Not bitter, but he didn’t know what to call it.

By: Sava Krstic (sava)
2011-06-28 01:32:02 CDT (-0400)

Was it bitter?

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