Cyanoboletus pulverulentus

Inkstain Bolete

Status:

Occasional

Cyano meaning blue and boletus meaning 'lump of clay'

Cap:

5-12cm

Stem:

4-9cm

Meaning covered in powder

Description

I commonly encounter this species early in the season and it is this fantastic mushroom, it is in the Bolete family which also includes Porcini (Cep, Penny Bun, Boletus edulis). Like many Boletus it turns blue when handled but this turns from chrome yellow to inky deep blue within seconds when broke in half, very distinctive, everywhere you handled it too it becomes blue, but it fades to a dull grey after around five or so minutes. It grows with oak and beech and my local cemetery produces an abundance of them. There are other Boletes which are yellow that turn blue but none with such impressiveness as this species, you can see on the images how blue it turns when it is damaged.

Smell

Nothing distinctive.

Season

Late Summer to Autumn.

Habitat & Distribution

Most often found with both Beech (Fagus) and Oak (Quercus), there are a small number of records from coniferous woods. Occasional, There are records acrosss the UK but it does not seem numerous anywhere. There appear to be more records the further south you go.

Edibility

Whilst this mushroom is edible and I and a few others think it is good, it could be considered too uncommon to warrant picking (my local patch seems to be a stronghold for it), indeed you would probably struggle to find any quantity of these to be able to get enough.

Confusion Species

Spores 

10.5-14 x 4.5-6.5µm, broadly elliptical to subfusiform.

Spore Print Colour

Olivaceous.

Scarletine Bolete (Neoboletus luridiformis) also goes a dark blue, but the pores are orange/red and the cap a darker colour and the stem more orange/red too. Bitter Beech Bolete (Caloboletus calopus) has a much redder stem base and the cap is paler, it does not turn as dark blue. Bay Bolete (Imleria badia) is a much browner species with pale pores, not chrome yellow and turns a lighter blue. The poisonous Satan's Bolete or Devil's Bolete (Suillelus satanas) has a much paler, almost white cap and a very red stem and pores and slowly turns blue when damaged then back to the pale flesh colour.

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