Scarletina Bolete - Boletus luridiformis

Alternative names
Dotted-Stem Bolete, Boletus erythropus

Cap 10 to 20 cm. A mid brown very solid fungus, initially hemispherical and slightly velvety, later slightly convex with a kid-leather texture. It has a yellowish stem but this is densely covered in red spots often giving it an overall red appearance. The pores are bright red, showing strong blueing when bruised. Flesh is lemon yellow flushing rapidly and strongly blue-black.

Identification difficulty

On the ground in broad-leaved woodland on acid soils.”

When to see it

Peak time is September and October.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in suitable habitats in Charnwood but unlikely in the east.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map