Borovik le Gal (Rubroboletus legaliae) photo and description

Borovik le Gal (Rubroboletus legaliae)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Boletales
  • Family: Boletaceae
  • Genus: Rubroboletus
  • Species: Rubroboletus legaliae (Borovik le Gal)


  • Boletus legaliae

  • Boletus legal

Boletus legaliae

This is a poisonous representative of the Boletov family, which got its name in honor of the famous scientist mycologist Marcel le Gal . In Russian-language literature, this mushroom is also known as "boletus legal".


Boletus le Gal's hat has a characteristic pinkish-orange color. The surface of the cap is smooth, and the shape changes as the mushroom grows - at first the cap is convex, and later it becomes hemispherical and somewhat flattened. The sizes of the cap vary from 5 to 15 cm.

The pulp of the mushroom is whitish or light yellow, turns blue at the cut site, has a pleasant mushroom smell.

The leg is rather thick and swollen, from 8 to 16 cm in height and 2.5 to 5 cm in thickness. The color of the leg matches the color of the cap, and the upper part of the leg is covered with a reddish mesh.

The hymenophore is adhered to the peduncle, tubular. The length of the tubes is 1 - 2 cm. The pores are red.

Spores are fusiform, their average size is 13x6 microns. Spore powder of olive brown color.


Borovik le Gal is widespread in Europe and is found mainly in deciduous forests, where it is mycorrhizal with oak, beech, hornbeam. It prefers to grow in alkaline soils. Occurs in summer and early autumn.

Food quality

This mushroom is poisonous and should not be used for food purposes.

Boletus legaliae

Similar species

Borovik le Gal belongs to the group of red-colored boletus, in which the flesh turns blue on the cut. Mushrooms from this group are very difficult to distinguish among themselves, even for experienced mushroom pickers. However, it should be borne in mind that most of these mushrooms are quite rare and all belong to the class of poisonous or inedible. This group of boletus includes the following species: Boletus boletus (Boletus rhodoxanthus), False satanic mushroom (Boletus splendidus), Boletus pink-purple (Boletus rhodopurpureus), Boletus boletus (Boletus lupinus), Boletus satanoides, Boletus (boletus satanoides)