Boletus rhodopurpureus    Smotl. 

common name(s) : Oldrose Bolete, Reddish-purple Bolete 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Boletales/Boletaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Boletales/Boletaceae/Boletoideae [ section:Luridi sub-section:Luridini]  

synonyms: Imperator rhodopurpureus, Boletus purpureus ss.Smotl., Tubiporus purpureus 

edibility : discard

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The cap is whitish, pink of wine red (typically old rose) to dirty purple grey, with yellow and red shades here and there, and wine red at insect bites., globular, convex then more or less flattened. The cap surface is matt, felty, strongly wrinkled when young, slightly viscid then dry.

The stem is thick, full, short and stout, bright yellow to vinaceous red at the base, yellow in animal bites, with a thin, blood red to concolorous network.

The flesh is thick, not very dense, firm, yellow, turning dark blue instantly and strongly when in contact with air, then turning vinaceous; its taste is mild; the odour is weak;

The tubes are bright yellow, turning blue when exposed to air.

The pores are small, golden yellow or more typically blood red to purple red, turning instantly dark blue when pressed. The spore print is olive brown.

It grows in broad-leaved or mixed woodlands, solitary or in small groups, on a rather calcareous soil, with beech, oak, spruce, ash.

The fruiting period takes place from June to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 14 cm (between 5 and 25 cm)
  height of stem approximately 12 cm (between 5 and 20 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 45 mm (between 15 and 100 mm)
  spores : 12-15 x 5-6 microns

Chemical tests : The flesh becomes greenish when in contact with iron sulphate.

Distinctive features : red stem with a reddish network; whitish to pink cap surface; red pores tuning blue when pressed; flesh tuning quickly blue when exposed to air

Boletus rhodopurpureus is quite rare and localised in the forest of Rambouillet, and is quite rare, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Boletus rhodopurpureus in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Boletus rhodopurpureus in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18