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Boletus neoregius Halling & Mueller

Photograph by R. E. Halling ©, 2003

This handsome bolete, reminiscent of Boletus speciosus or B. regius, with a lovely red pileus is known from sites near El Empalme (Jardín) south to the vicinity of Villa Mills in the Cordillera Talamanca. The red color fades with drying and age, and the yellow stipe is essentially glabrous although there are some faint, barely raised ridges on the upper portion of the stipe. All portions of the basidioma change to blue with injury. Oak associates include Quercus costaricensis, Q. copeyensis, & Q. seemannii.

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