• cap is suede-like, slightly velvety
  • pores under cap slowly bruise blue
  • stem is slender, longitudinally ridged
  • stem is white to yellowish and develops rusty stains in age
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Look-alikes in California

The edible Xerocomus ferrugineus is similar-looking, but differs in that the flesh does not bruise blue when cut. A number of other similar-looking species are edible (or probably edible), but do not match all the key characteristics. For example, X. mendocinensis, X. dryophilus, and Boletus truncatus differ in that the stem lacks the longitudinal ridges that form a partial reticulum at the apex.

Related: Edible Plants of PNW - Edible Berries of PNW - Edible Seashore of PNW
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