Red Cracking Bolete - Boletus chrysenteron

    Alt Name
    Xerocomus chrysenteron

    Cap 3-8cm, brown and velvety when young but soon cracking to reveal a thin layer of red flesh below the cap skin. The stem is red-streaked on the lower half and yellow towards the cap. Very little, if any, blueing in stem flesh when cut.

    Similar Species

    Xerocomus cisalpinis is very similar but has strong blueing in stem flesh when cut, and the stem surface also shows blue when scratched. Additionally, Xerocomus cisalpinis grows exclusively with Oak whereas Xerocomus chrysenteron is found with conifers or Beech.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually confined to conifer woods and sometimes with Beech. It is thought not to grow with Oak.

    When to see it

    Usually August to November, but sometimes earlier.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map