Pink boletus (Rubroboletus rhodoxanthus) photo and description

Pink boletus (Rubroboletus rhodoxanthus)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Boletales
  • Family: Boletaceae
  • Genus: Rubroboletus
  • Species: Rubroboletus rhodoxanthus (Boletus pink-skinned)


  • Boletus pink-skinned
  • Boletus pink-golden
  • Suillellus rhodoxanthus
  • Boletus rhodoxanthus

Boletus rhodoxanthus

This mushroom belongs to the Borovik genus, which is a member of the Bolet family. Pink-skinned boletus has been studied very little, because it is quite rare, it cannot be cultivated, since it belongs to poisonous.

The diameter of the cap can reach 7-20 cm, its shape is at first half spherical, and then it opens up to the end and takes the form of a pillow, then over time it is slightly pressed in the middle and becomes open. The hat has a smooth or slightly velvety skin, sometimes it is sticky, its color is brownish gray, and it can also be dirty yellow with a slight bloom of red at the edges.

The flesh of the mushroom is quite dense, the leg may be slightly softer. The body of the stem is lemon-yellow, bright, the area near the tubules is of the same color, and closer to the base the color becomes wine-red. The cut takes on a blue tint. The mushroom has a weak taste and smell.

Pink-skinned boletus can grow up to 20 cm in height, and the diameter of the leg can reach 6 cm. At first, the leg has a tuberous shape, but then it gradually becomes cylindrical, very often with a pointed base. The lower part of the leg is colored bright red, and a yellow tint appears above. The entire surface of the leg is covered with a bright red convex net, which at the beginning of growth has a looped structure, and then stretches and becomes dotted.

Boletus pink-skinned

The tubule layer is usually light yellow or sometimes bright yellow, and the mature mushroom can be yellow-green or blue in color. The tubes themselves are quite long, their pores are at first narrow and similar in color to the tubes, and then they acquire a blood-red or carmine color and a rounded-angular shape. This boletus is similar to the satanic mushroom and has the same habitats, but is quite rare.

Despite the fact that pink-skinned boletus can be found infrequently, cases of poisoning with this particular mushroom are known. It is poisonous both raw and after careful processing. Symptoms of poisoning become noticeable after a few hours after using it. Most often these are sharp stabbing pains in the abdomen, vomiting, diarrhea, fever. If you eat a lot of mushrooms, then the poisoning will be accompanied by convulsions and loss of consciousness.

Fatal outcomes from poisoning with this fungus are practically unknown, all symptoms of poisoning disappear after a few days. But sometimes various complications can occur, especially for the elderly and children. Therefore, it is imperative to consult a doctor when the first signs of poisoning appear.

Video about the mushroom Borovik pink-skinned: