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Xerocomus subtomentosus   (Yellow-cracking Bolete)
North America, Europe, Asia, Australia
Cap 5-12 cm diameter, stem 3-8 cm tall * 1-2 cm diameter

This medium to large bolete is commonly known as suede bolete or yellow-cracked bolete. It has a brown cap, chrome-yellow pores, and yellowish stem and grows with a wide range of hardwood and conifer trees.

Cap pale olive or tan, initially convex before flattening with a velvety tan surface, often becoming cracked in age. The flesh is white or pallid yellow, with a faint brownish zone beneath the cap cuticle; it is unchanging, thick and soft. The pore surface is yellow, becoming olive-yellow with maturity and bruise blue or green before fading somewhat. Stem is a pallid cap color, sometimes with a brick-red tinge; it is slender and slightly bulbous. The mushroom has no ring. The flesh is similarly coloured as the cap but browner.

Similar species include Xerocomellus chrysenteron which has a reddish brown cap that cracks to reveal a red underlayer and Boletus pruinatus which is smaller.

Boletus subtomentosus on the web site.
Xerocomus subtomentosus on the MushroomExpert.Com web site.

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