Phylum: Basidiomycota Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Boletales Family: Boletaceae
Species: Boletus chrysenteron Bull.
Synonyms: Xerocomellus chrysenteron
Xerocomus chrysenteron
Xerocomus chrysenteron f. aereomaculatus
Common Name: Red Cracking Bolete


A much over-recorded species now known to consist of a number of species. B.chrysenteron is thought only to occur under conifers and only occasionally under broadleaves
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Boletus chrysenteronPhotographer:  David Mitchel
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Associated Species (where recorded) & number of records:
Fagus sylvatica (232)
Quercus (119)
Tilia (22)
Corylus avellana (17)
Acer pseudoplatanus (14)
Tilia cordata x platyphyllos (13)
Quercus petraea (10)
Betula pendula (8)
Larix (8)
Aesculus hippocastanum (7)
Pinus sylvestris (6)
Fraxinus excelsior (6)
Pinus (5)
Picea sitchensis (4)
Taxus baccata (4)
Abies procera (4)
Beech (4)
Cupressus macrocarpa (2)
Tsuga heterophylla (2)
Acer (2)
Pseudotsuga menziesii (2)
Populus (2)
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (2)
Castanea sativa (2)
Cedrus deodara (2)
Cedrus libani (2)
Crataegus monogyna (1)
Abies (1)
Wellingtonia (1)
Betula pubescens (1)
Ilex aquifolium (1)
Quercus ilex (1)
Acer platanoides (1)
Habitat (where recorded) & number of records:
Woodland: broadleaved, plantation (68)
Woodland: mixed (36)
Parkland and scattered trees: mixed (28)
Woodland: mixed, plantation (25)
Woodland: broadleaved (21)
Parkland and scattered trees: broadleaved (13)
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural (11)
Woodland: coniferous, plantation (10)
Parkland and scattered trees (9)
Woodland (6)
Neutral grassland: semi-improved (5)
Other artificial habitats (4)
Woodland: mixed, semi-natural (4)
Boundaries: hedge with trees, species-rich (2)
Woodland: mixed, plantation, high forest (2)
Acid grassland (1)
Acid grassland: semi-improved (1)
Boundaries: intact hedge (1)
Built up area, domestic (1)
Built-up areas (1)
Neutral grassland (1)
Quercus petraea-Betula pubescens-Dicranum majus woodland (1)
Woodland: plantation (1)
Substrate (where recorded) & number of records:
Soil (139)
Soil Grassy (69)
Soil Leaves (58)
Soil Mossy (41)
Larch (Larix) (10)
Soil Needle (4)
Quercus rubra (2)
Months recorded in & number of records:
June (3)
July (29)
August (104)
September (104)
October (91)
November (42)