Bolete eruption

The Two-colored Bolete (Boletus bicolor) is poking up all over the forest. Each mushroom is an impressive six to ten inches across.

Unlike other mushrooms, the underside of bolete caps are covered with tiny pores rather than gills. These holes lead into tubes from which spores are shed.

Boletus bicolor is a mycorrhizal species — its below-ground parts are fused with the roots of oaks and other hardwoods. The trees supply the fungi with sugars; the fungi mine minerals from the soil and send them to the trees.

 

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