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Xerocomellus chrysenteron   (Red cracking bolete)
North America and Europe
Cap 4-10 cm diameter, stem 4-10 cm tall * 1-2 cm diameter

Xerocomellus chrysenteron, also known as Boletus chrysenteron or Red cracking bolete, is one of the smaller less fleshy boletes. It has a convex, red-brown cap, with skin that tends to crack, revealing a red layer. The mushroom grows with deciduous trees on well-drained, humus-rich soil.

Cap convex, red-brown, often with red edge. The surface is often cracked showing a red underlayer. Pores pale yellow at first, later yellow to olive and stain slightly blue when cut or bruised. Stem bright yellow and the lower part is covered in coral-red fibrils and has a constant elliptical to fusiform diameter throughout its length. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Similar species include Hortiboletus rubellus, Xerocomus subtomentosus, Xerocomellus dryophilus, and Xerocomellus porosporus which it is easily separated on account of the whitish under layer and truncate (chopped off) spores.

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