Boletus varicolored (Leccinum variicolor) photo and description

Boletus (Leccinum variicolor)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Boletales
  • Family: Boletaceae
  • Genus: Leccinum (Obabok)
  • Species: Leccinum variicolor (Boletus varicoloured)


Multicolored obobok

Boletus multicolored


Boletus has a multi-colored cap of a characteristic gray-whitish mouse color, painted with peculiar "strokes"; diameter - from about 7 to 12 cm, from hemispherical, closed, to cushion, slightly convex; the mushroom is generally more "compact" than the common boletus, although not always. The flesh of the cap is white, slightly pink at the cut, with a faint pleasant smell.

Spore-bearing layer:

The tubes are finely porous, light gray in young mushrooms, acquire a gray-brown color with age, often become covered with darker spots; when pressed, it can also turn pink (or maybe, apparently, not turn pink).

Spore powder:

Light brown.


10-15 cm in height and 2-3 cm in thickness (the height of the leg depends on the height of the moss over which the cap must be raised), cylindrical, somewhat thickening in the lower part, white, densely covered with black or dark brown streaky scales. The flesh of the leg is white, in older mushrooms it is highly fibrous, being cut off at the base, slightly blue.


Boletus multiflorum bears fruit like its ordinary counterpart, from the beginning of summer to the end of October, forming mycorrhiza mainly with birch; found mainly in swampy areas, in mosses. In our area it is relatively rare, you see it infrequently, and in southern Russia, judging by the accounts of eyewitnesses, it is quite an ordinary mushroom.

Similar species:

It is difficult to understand boletus. The boletus themselves cannot do this. We will assume that the boletus is different from other representatives of the genus Leccinum in the streaky color of the cap and a slightly pinkish pulp. There is also, however, the pink boletus (Leccinum oxydabile), which in this case is not clear what to do, there is a completely white Leccinum holopus. Distinguishing boletus is not so much a scientific question as an aesthetic one, and this must be remembered in order to find consolation on occasion.


Good mushroom, on par with boletus boletus.


It's always nice to add another type of boletus on the site. All the more so painted. We rarely come across such mushrooms that even in the pictures it is a pity to cut. And when you suddenly meet such people on the edge of a swamp, in thickets of soft fresh moss, for some reason you want to tumble around with bulging eyes, because it is not clear what else to do with all this.