Bitter Beech Bolete
From 'Calo' meaning pretty and from 'bolos' meaning lumping of clay.
Meaning pretty foot.
An easy to identify member of the Bolete family, the distinctive colour on the stem makes this species stand out.
Habitat & Distribution
Mainly under Beech (Fagus) but also reported from conifers. Found throughout the UK.
Not edible. Too bitter.
12.5-16 x 4.5-5.5µm, subfusiform.
Spore Print Colour
Olivaceous - brown.
The Rooting Bolete (Caloboletus radicans) is similar but lacks any red colour on the stem and generally is not as 'chunky'.
Satan's Bolete (Rubroboletus satanas) has a much paler cap and red pores and is found on alkaline soils.