Painted Suillus, Suillus pictus
Suillaceae or Slippery Cap Family


Medium mushroom, up to about 5 inches across. Cap brick red with decorative scales, Stalk yellow with brick red scales. A member of the general group called boletes which have pores instead of gills; spores are borne in the pores and released. Pore surface yellow, spongy. Found on the ground in autumn, under eastern white pine. It is mycorrhizzal on pine roots, which means that the fungus grows into the roots and cooperates with the pine; it supplies the pine with minerals pulled from the soil, and the pine provides sugars.

A beautiful bolete that has not often been seen in Wildwood.

Readily identified by its pores and color scheme.





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