Monday, 31 July 2017
A lurid bolete
I got some help from the folk on the British Mycological Society Facebook page in order to identify this bolete I found at Woods Mill on Saturday, growing in a scrubby area at the edge of Hoe Wood.
Cap is yellow-y brown; discolouring red where it's been damaged.
Tubes remain whole when split. And there's a distinct red line above the pores: this is significant!
As with many bolete mushrooms, the flesh turns (slightly) blue when cut and the pores turn deep blue when bruised.
The stem is covered in a coarse and elongate network pattern.
I'm grateful to Slavko Pavlović, Antony Burnham and Geoffrey Kibby for explaining that these features – particularly the coarse network on the stem and that red line – make this mushroom a Lurid Bolete Suillellus luridus.
For the record
Date: 29 July 2017
Location: Woods Mill (edge of Hoe Wood)
Grid ref: TQ217136