- cap is up to 11cm wide, convex, medium to dark brown with characteristic cracks and damaged pink patches that have a red tinge.
- older specimens have a planar cap with deeper cracks.
- underside of cap has yellow pores that buise blue or blue/green.
- flesh is white to reddish near the skin, slowly bruises blue or blue/green.
- stem is dull yellow, possibly streaked red, dry, often curved.
- appears in the spring, summer and fall.
- grows singly to numerous in conifer/hardwood stands.
- has a mild taste with no odor; cook before eating.
- tip: boletes are mushrooms that grow on the ground and have a spongy tubular surface on the underside of the cap - tiny pores, rather than gills. There are no deadly-poisonous boletes, though some poisonous varieties can cause nausea/vomiting. An unknown bolete is safe if it does not bruise blue after being cut, is not red on the underside of the cap, and does not taste foul.
- Small amounts should be consumed when testing an unfamiliar bolete.