Caloboletus calopus

Bitter Beech Bolete

Status:

Occasional.

From 'Calo' meaning pretty and from 'bolos' meaning lumping of clay.

Cap:

5-22cm

Stem:

5-12cm

Meaning pretty foot.

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Description

An easy to identify member of the Bolete family, the distinctive colour on the stem makes this species stand out. 

Smell

Unpleasant. 

Season

Autumn.

Habitat & Distribution

Mainly under Beech (Fagus) but also reported from conifers. Found throughout the UK.

Edibility

Not edible. Too bitter.

Confusion Species

Spores 

12.5-16 x 4.5-5.5µm, subfusiform.

Spore Print Colour

Olivaceous - brown.

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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.