What You Should Know
Phylloporus pelletieri is a species of fungus in the family Boletaceae. The reddish, domed cap is smooth with a velvety texture, while the lamellae are bright yellow. The stem supporting the cap is also yellow with a red-brown veil. The underside of its cap bears lamellae (gill-like structures) rather than the pores common in the Boletales.
It is rare ectomycorrhizal species with an easy recognizable appearance. It prefers predominantly old well-preserved deciduous or mixed forests formed mostly by Fagaceae species on the well-drained soil. It can also appear in secondary forests.
The species was first described by French mycologist Joseph-Henri Léveillé in 1867 under the name Agaricus pelletieri. Lucien Quélet transferred it to Phylloporus in 1888.
Phylloporus rhodoxanthus is a similar but distinct American species confirmed by molecular studies (Neves et al. 2012). Furthermore, several Asian species are described in this paper, to which the reports of P. pelletieri from Japan, Korea, India, etc. might belong.
Other names: Golden-Gilled Bolete.
Phylloporus pelletieri Mushroom Identification
Up to 8 cm, at first hemispherical then expanding to convex or flat, brick-colored, brown to reddish-brown, at first velvety, then glabrous.
Cylindrical and usually tapering towards the base, yellowish, in various degrees covered with very fine reddish to reddish-brown granules.
Yellow or yellowish, under the cuticle pinkish to brownish red, unchanging when exposed to air.
Thick, waxy, interconnected with transverse connections, bright yellow.
Odor and Taste
Smell not distinctive. Taste agreeable. Spores 10–14.5 × 4–5 μm.
Coniferous, mixed, and deciduous forests, mycorrhizal with presumably both conifers and broadleaf trees.
Widespread throughout Europe, but more or less rare.
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