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Boletes Fruiting

8-25-16  bolete 004Boletes are fleshy terrestrial mushrooms that have sponge-like tubes, not gills, as most mushrooms have, under their caps. (Polypores also have tubes, but are tough and leathery and usually grow on wood.) Spores develop on basidia (club-shaped, spore-bearing structures) which line the inner surfaces of the tubes. Because the basidia are vertically arranged, the spores, when mature, drop down and disperse into the air.

The majority of bolete species are edible, but there are two reasons not to harvest them unless you are with an expert. One reason being that there are some poisonous bolete species. The second reason is that because they are large and fleshy, larvae can often be found inhabiting them, as well as parasites.

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4 responses

  1. What wonderful photos, Mary! My almost 5-year-old granddaughter is fascinated with mushrooms this year, on our walks through the woods. She’s really good at spotting them! Do you have any recommendations for a book about mushrooms – beginning identification or information – that might work for someone so young? Thanks! – Dell

    August 25, 2016 at 11:46 am

    • Hi Dell, I don’t own it, but I’ve heard good things about “Fungi: Mushrooms, Toadstools, Molds, Yeasts, and Other Fungi (Class of Their Own)” by Judy Wearing. Ages 5 to 8. Do let me know if you get it and if your granddaughter likes it! (I just ordered myself a copy!)

      August 25, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      • Thanks so much for the suggestion! I’ll order from my local bookstore. And I’ll definitely get back to let you know how Orla responds…

        August 25, 2016 at 8:55 pm

  2. Jean Haarrison

    Is that a chipmunk or red squirrel bite?

    August 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm

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