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280 days of Urbpandemonium #170

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If a mushroom is red and yellow, and has a spongy underside instead of gills, it is by definition a "bicolored bolete." But it may not be THE bicolored bolete. There are a number of mushrooms meeting that description, some described as edible and others as sickening.

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Mushrooms with spongy undersides (the spore producing underside is called a hymenophore) are generally called "boletes," although that word refers to a genus that fits a small fraction of species that it once did.

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Another field marking is that the mushroom stains blue when handled--you can see the gently bruised hymenophore here. The edible species in this complex bruises very quickly, while the poisonous one bruises more slowly. This is too subjective a field marking for me to have tried to eat any red-and-yellow bolete mushrooms.

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This one claims to be Baorangia bicolor* but how much do we trust it?

*The generic name—derived from the Chinese words bao ("thin") and rang ("hymenium")—refers to the characteristically thin hymenophore, which distinguishes it from all other Boletaceae genera.

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arashiss
Sep. 9th, 2015 11:48 am (UTC)
cool
kryptyd
Sep. 10th, 2015 08:02 am (UTC)
It's the colour of a tasty apple, yumyum.

Edited at 2015-09-10 08:03 am (UTC)
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