Hortiboletus rubellus

Ruby Bolete

Status:

Occasional, rarer in the North.

Horti means garden, boletus from 'bolos' meaning lump of clay.

Cap:

3-8cm

Stem:

3-7cm

Meaning reddish.

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Description

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).

Smell

Pleasant but indistinct.

Season

Late Summer to Autumn.

Habitat & Distribution

Usually in parks and gardens where there are Oak (Quercus) trees. 

Edibility

Said to be soapy and they are often filled with maggots, so best avoided.

Confusion Species

Spores 

11-12.5 x 5-5.5µm, subfusiform.

Spore Print Colour

Olivaceous.

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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.