Motley moss (Xerocomellus chrysenteron) photo and description

Motley flywheel (Xerocomellus chrysenteron)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Boletales
  • Family: Boletaceae
  • Genus: Xerocomellus (Xeroomellus or Mokhovichok)
  • Species: Xerocomellus chrysenteron (Common flywheel)


  • Mossy yellow
  • Fractured flywheel
  • Pasture boletus
  • Xerocomus chrysenteron
  • Boletus_chrysenteron
  • Boletus cupreus
  • Boletus pascuus

Motley moss

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It grows mainly in deciduous forests (especially with an admixture of linden). It is common, but not abundant.


The cap is up to 10 cm in diameter, convex, fleshy, dry, felt, from light brown to dark brown, reddish in cracks and places of damage. There is sometimes a narrow purple-red stripe along the edge of the cap.

The tubular layer in young mushrooms is pale yellow, in old ones it is greenish. The tubules are yellow, gray, then turn olive, the pores are quite wide, turn blue when pressed.

The flesh is yellowish-whitish, friable, slightly blue in the cut (then reddening). Under the skin of the cap and at the base of the stem, the flesh is purplish red. The taste is sweetish, delicate, the smell is pleasant, fruity.

The leg is up to 9 cm long, 1-1.5 cm thick, cylindrical, even, narrowed at the bottom, solid. The color is yellow-brown (or light yellow), red at the base. Bluish spots appear on it from pressure.


Edible mushroom, fourth category, is harvested in July - October. Young mushrooms are good for roasting and pickling. Suitable for drying.