Satanic mushroom (Rubroboletus satanas) photo and description

Satanic mushroom (Rubroboletus satanas)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Boletales
  • Family: Boletaceae
  • Genus: Rubroboletus
  • Species: Rubroboletus satanas (Satanic mushroom)


  • Boletus satanas

  • Bolette satanic

  • Boletus satanic

Satanic mushroom

Satanic mushroom ( lat.Rubroboletus satanas ) is a poisonous (according to some sources, conditionally edible) mushroom from the genus Rubrobolet of the Boletovye family (lat.Boletaceae).


The cap is 10-20 cm in ∅, cushion-shaped , grayish-white, pale ocher-white with an olive tint, dry, fleshy. The color of the cap can be from whitish-gray to lead-gray, yellowish or olive with pink streaks.

The pores change color from yellow to bright red with age.

The pulp is pale, almost white , slightly blue in the cut. The mouths of the tubules are red . The smell of pulp in young mushrooms is weak, spicy, in old ones it is similar to the smell of falling or rotted onions.

Leg 6-10 cm long, 3-6 cm ∅, yellow with red mesh. The smell is nasty, especially in old fruiting bodies. It has a mesh pattern with rounded cells. The mesh pattern on the leg is often dark red, but it can be white or olive.

Spores 10-16X5-7 mk, fusiform-ellipsoid.


Grows in light oak and deciduous forests on calcareous soil.

Occurs in light deciduous forests with oak, beech, hornbeam, hazel, edible chestnut, linden with which it forms mycorrhiza, mainly on calcareous soils. Distributed in southern Europe, in the south of the European part of Russia, in the Caucasus, the Middle East.

It is also found in forests in the south of Primorsky Krai. The season is June - September.


Poisonous . It can be confused with the oak tree , which also grows in oak forests. According to some sources, the satanic mushroom in European countries (Czech Republic, France) is considered conditionally edible and is eaten. According to an Italian handbook, toxicity persists after heat treatment.