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Red-mouth bolete

Boletus subvelutipes


I just about fell over when I turned this unassuming mushroom trio over. The pores (underneath) emanated a deep orange, bright yellow and a pinkish purple edge. The top of the caps (pic 2) they look like dirty red potatoes. Its flesh instantly stains blue when cut (pic 3), but slowly fades to white. The fruit bodies are poisonous, and produce symptoms of gastrointestinal distress if consumed.


Spotted on a dirt road covered in leaf litter at Seven Devils Swamp. In the winter this area of the swamp is underwater. The nearby trees were all deciduous, mostly oaks.


In North America, its distribution includes eastern Canada and extends south to Florida and west to Minnesota. It is also in Mexico. In Asia, it has also been found in the central highlands of Taiwan and in Japan.

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

You're welcome Brian :)

Brian38 2 years ago

Thanks everyone for commenting. I did not do a bruise test. But as far as the stem goes it was reddish except where it went into the ground - it was white. After studying the pictures I can see some blue at the end of the stem (from bruising) that shows up on a different pic that was taken a few seconds later than the one shown. So I will add that and add some additional info in the "Habitat". Thank you so much Christine for your help! I'm strongly leaning toward Boletus subvelutipes.

SarahWhitt 2 years ago

What a COOL find, indeed!!

doreen.chambers.14 2 years ago

what color is the stem (white?) I agree it is most likely some kind of young Boletes.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Hmm, but could possibly be Boletus hypocarycinus or Boletus austrinus.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Really nice!! Did the pores and flesh bruise quickly. It could be Boletus subvelutipes?

LaurenZarate 2 years ago


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Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Sep 4, 2018
Submitted on Sep 30, 2018

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