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Suillus pictus

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by Michael Kuo

Whenever I launch into one of my "I hate Suillus" tirades, one of my mushrooming buddies reminds me that Suillus pictus is a joy to find, because it's so beautiful. Its gorgeous rose-brick cap and stem colors contrast well with its pale yellow pore surface, and we find it under eastern white pine in northern Michigan every year, popping up frequently--and in unexpected places, adding a dash of color to a canvas of browns. And: Suillus pictus is one of the few Suillus mushrooms that doesn't suffer from whatever rare disease it is that makes their slime-o-factory glands overproduce. True enough--but it's still a Suillus. So I leave you to make your own judgments about this admittedly beautiful mushroom. I, meanwhile, will seek counseling for my problems with prejudice. You see, Doctor, as a child I was beaten with Suillus . . .

Suillus spraguei and Boletinus pictus are synonyms.


Ecology: Mycorrhizal with eastern white pine; growing alone or gregariously; late summer and fall; northeastern North America, extending as far west as Minnesota and as far south as Kentucky.

Cap: 3-12 cm; convex with an inrolled margin when young, but soon broadly convex to flat; covered with large pinkish to brick-rose scruffies; whitish partial veil tissue often hanging from the margin; dry; fading with age.

Pore Surface: Covered with a whitish partial veil when young; yellow, darker with age; sometimes slightly running down the stem; sometimes bruising reddish or brownish; pores small to large, .5-5 mm across, vaguely radially arranged; tubes 4-8 mm deep.

Stem: 4-12 cm long; 1-2.5 cm thick; equal or sometimes wider in the base; without glandular dots, but shaggy with scruffies below the whitish to grayish ring; not bruising; frequently with a whitish to grayish ring.

Flesh: Yellow throughout, sometimes staining slightly reddish.

Odor and Taste: Not distinctive.

Chemical Reactions: Cap surface black with KOH, iron salts, or ammonia; flesh greenish black with iron salts, olive to greenish black with KOH or ammonia.

Spore Print: Brown.

Microscopic Features: Spores 8-12 x 3.5-5 µ; smooth; subfusoid.

REFERENCES: (Peck, 1889) Kuntze, 1898. (Frost, 1874; Coker & Beers, 1943; Singer, 1945; Smith & Thiers, 1964; Snell & Dick, 1970; Smith & Thiers, 1971; Grund & Harrison, 1976; Smith, Smith & Weber, 1981; Weber & Smith, 1985; Arora, 1986; Phillips, 1991/2005; Lincoff, 1992; Both, 1993; Barron, 1999; Bessette, Roody & Bessette, 2000; Roody, 2003; McNeil, 2006; Miller & Miller, 2006; Kuo, 2007.) Herb. Kuo 09019525, 09150711.

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Suillus pictus

Suillus pictus

Suillus pictus

Suillus pictus

Suillus pictus

Hypomyces completus

Suillus pictus is the most common host for Hypomyces completus, a white fungus that eventually parsitizes the whole mushroom.

Hypomyces completus

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