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Boletus chrysenteron
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Boletus chrysenteron

Common Name:  Red-cracked Bolete

Synonyms: Xercomus chrysenteron

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: Olive-brown

Pore Surface: Yellow becoming olivaceous. Bruises blue.

Comments: 

One of the easier Boletes to identify, especially if the cap has started to crack. First look for the olive color to the cap. Once it starts to crack, you should see some red or pinkish colors within the cracks. The pore surface is yellow and bruises blue.

Scientific Name: "chrysenteron" = "gold intestine"

Lookalikes:  

Boletus chrysenteroides often grows on decaying wood and does not turn pink in the cracks. Boletus subtomentosus turns mahogany red with the application of ammonia.

Pictures:

Boletus chrysenteron

9/13/12 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN

Boletus chrysenteron

Boletus chrysenteron

8/25/12 - Raccoon Lake SRA - Rockville, IN

Boletus chrysenteron

Boletus chrysenteron

Boletus chrysenteron

Typical red and olive coloring, as well as cracking pattern.

8/28/12 - Shades State Park - Rockville, IN

Boletus chrysenteron

8/25/12 - Raccoon Lake SRA - Rockville, IN