Heimioporus betel, The Southern Bolete
Usually, the cap of a mushroom is the notable feature, but in this case the stem is the star of the show. If you like odd-looking mushrooms, this interesting species will probably get your attention.
The Shaggy Stalked Bolete has a very long, lacy stem. It almost looks like stretched out honeycomb. Mushroom experts describe it as a reticulated stipe. The contrasting, small cap can range in color from orange to yellowish brown on top, and the pore surface underneath is yellow. The size of the cap seems distinctly out of proportion to the tall stem. Another feature to note: the cap may appear very shiny or sticky.
These boletes are mycorrhizal and can be found growing on the forest floor beneath hardwoods and pines.
See the gallery below for an array of pretty specimens. Most of mushrooms in the gallery were photographed on Brush Mountain near Blacksburg in August.