13 September 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Convex, velvety then smooth, reddish brown to dark brown, to about 10 cm across
White, then straw or pale brown
Smooth, +/- equal, concolorous with cap, stuffed or hollow, to about 10 cm long
Late summer to autumn
Rare, more common in the south
Spores ellipsoidal (8-12) x (4-7) µm2
Edible, excellent, but best left due to rarity
Take care not to confuse with Boletus badius, which has blue staining pores and flesh, and Tylopilus felleus, which has pink pores, a reticulated stem, and bitter flesh
27 August 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
September 2002 Berkshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
23 August 2008 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.