Slippery Jack - Suillus luteus

Description

When wet the caps of this species are slimy; in hot sunny weather they dry to a smooth semi-matt finish. Cap usually a rich purple brown but becoming paler as it ages.  The cap has lemon yellow pores, covered initially by a veil membrane which peels away to leave an irregular ring on the stem and occasionally with remnants around the cap margin.  The veil is creamy-white when young but soon develops a deep lilac or violet colour.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Associates with Scots Pine and found in pine litter but also in grassland near pine trees.

When to see it

August to November in Britain.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Only recorded occasionally due to the specific habitat requirements.

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