Occasional, rarer in the North.
Horti means garden, boletus from 'bolos' meaning lump of clay.
A delightful little mushroom with younger specimens being a vivid red colour with yellow pores. Does not often crack in the cap like similar species. The colour of cap fades more brown with age. The base of the stem can have orange spots (which is a feature shared with the very similar Hortiboletus engelii).
Pleasant but indistinct.
Late Summer to Autumn.
Habitat & Distribution
Usually in parks and gardens where there are Oak (Quercus) trees.
Said to be soapy and they are often filled with maggots, so best avoided.
11-12.5 x 5-5.5µm, subfusiform.
Spore Print Colour
Hortiboletus engelii is similar, but this species starts with a brown cap and fades to red, where as the Ruby Bolete starts red and slowly fades to brown with age.