Gyroporus castaneus

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Gyroporus castaneus

13 September 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Chestnut Bolete

Cap

Convex, velvety then smooth, reddish brown to dark brown, to about 10 cm across

Pores

White, then straw or pale brown

Stem

Smooth, +/- equal, concolorous with cap, stuffed or hollow, to about 10 cm long

Flesh

White, firm

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Nutty

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Rare, more common in the south

Habitat

With oak

Spore Print

Pale straw

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal (8-12) x (4-7) µm2

Edibility

Edible, excellent, but best left due to rarity

Notes

Take care not to confuse with Boletus badius, which has blue staining pores and flesh, and Tylopilus felleus, which has pink pores, a reticulated stem, and bitter flesh

Additional Photographs

Gyroporus castaneus

27 August 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Gyroporus castaneus

September 2002 Berkshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Gyroporus castaneus

23 August 2008 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin