Mushrooms: Xerocomus armeniacus

Mushrooms: Xerocomus armeniacus

Class: Basidiomycetes
Scientific name: Xerocomus armeniacus Quél. form?
Synonymous: Boletus armeniacus Quélet 1884

Morphological characteristics

Hat: 5-10 cm, hemispherical or convex in young specimens, then cheek-shaped and with typically involute hem, stretched out when fully ripe. Opaque, felted, aerated pileic surface with dry weather which allows a glimpse of the yellowish flesh below; variable color from pink-orange hues to dark red.
tubules: medium long, yellow to olive attached to the stem.
Pori: medium sized, angled; yellow, golden yellow, yellow-orange-greenish.
Stem: Cylindrical, ventricious with a tapered and rooted base, sometimes short and stocky; color similar to the hat or less intense, more yellow at the apex, sometimes with a reddish-pink area only at the base, it becomes bluish-green to the touch.
Meat: yellow, red under the cuticle, just turning to blue blue. At the base of the stem it has an orange color.
spore: yellowish, elliptical-fusiform.

Xerocomus armeniacus Quél. form? (photo Mario Giliberto www.actafungorum.org)

Edibility, habitat and observations

Relationship with the surrounding plant environment: symbiotic mushroom.
In broad-leaved woods, especially under chestnut, in summer-autumn.
Edible.


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