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King bolete

Boletus edulis


This porcini mushroom resembles a small pancake! Cap diameter is greater than an inch. The spongy pores (seen in third photo) and thick stalk are cream colored. Cap appears to have some kind of white residue where it was damaged.


Seen growing on the mossy floor of an alpine forest’s edge in the northeast part of the Kenai peninsula. Elevation was around 3000', footsteps from Kenai Lake.


There's a mosquito hanging out on this mushroom. It's no wonder, because this mushroom is prized as a choice edible around the world, especially in Europe. It has many common names, including penny bun. :-)

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 5 months ago

António, you were right. It is a lovely, edible bolete AKA porcini mushroom.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 7 months ago

Thank you, António! I agree and will look into it.

Beautiful series Mauna,congrats and thanks for sharing.I think is a bolete sp.,to id this species the better is to cut the fungi verticaly so we can see the "meat" and of course a photo of the pores.If it was in europe i could tried to id it by photo,but i dont have any experience with other continents fungi,the better is to search in the net for a visual mach,you can began by this link :-)

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 7 months ago

Yes, that’s a typo. I meant pores; good catch, Machi.

Machi 7 months ago

When you say spongy gills do you mean pores? Or did it actually have gills?

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Alaska, USA

Lat: 60.36, Long: -149.36

Spotted on Jul 12, 2016
Submitted on Feb 18, 2019

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