Boletus subvelutipes (Red-mouth Bolete)

Description: Tawny-red to yellowish cap with scarlet to orange pores; yellowish, dotted stalk with reddish hairs; all parts quickly bruising blue to blue-black.

Cap: 2 3/8-5 3/4" (6-13 cm) wide; convex to nearly flat; dry, with minute fibers or somewhat velvety, patchy with age; tawny-red to cinnamon-reddish, yellowish toward margin. Flesh yellow, instantly bruising blue.

Tubes: attached or descending stalk; yellowish, quickly bruising blue. Pores orange to scarlet, bruising blue-black.

Stalk: 1 1/4-4" (3-10 cm) long, 3/8-3/4" (1-2 cm) thick; dotted in vertical lines, not webbed, base usually with reddish hairs; tip yellow, reddish below, readily bruising blue-black.

Spores: 12-18 X 4-6 m; elliptical, smooth. Spore print dark olive-brown.

Edibility: Poisonous.

Season: Late June-October.

Habitat: On the ground, in deciduous and mixed woods, near beech, eastern hemlock, white spruce, balsam fir.

Range: Quebec to Virginia, west to Michigan.

Look-alikes: B. luridus has tubes sunken about stalk, netted pattern on stalk, and no reddish hairs at base.

Comments: This common bolete is probably poisonous. There are several other similarly colored boletes, but they either have a netted pattern of veins on the stalk or lack the dark red hairs at the base of the stalk. Orange- to red-pored boletes occur throughout North America. None should be eaten.

Boletus subvelutipes image and excerpt from Gary H. Lincoff's National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, (1981/2004, pp. 572-573 , images #409).

Boletus subvelutipes (Red-mouth Bolete)