Shaggy Stalked Bolete

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.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. John Lindner says:

    I found this growing in our yard in July 2015. Can you tell me what it is?

  2. John Lindner says:

    I replied online but this may work better. The attached photo of a rose-shaped fungus in my yard was taken July 18, 2015. Can you tell me what it is, and whether or not this formation is rare? (It’s rare for me; this is the first time I have ever seen it.) A high resolution image is available if needed.

    John John Lindner 3995 William Ct. Charlottesville, VA 22903 434-296-5263

  3. Cletus Carroll says:

    Hi, I seen your in the Blacksburg area of Va. I live in Craig Co. and i just stumbled across your website. I was having trouble identifying some of the mushrooms I have encountered. Can you help? Ive only recently started to begin my mushroom obsession, so any help will be greatly appreciated! If you have time can I email you a few pics?

    1. Gloria says:

      Hi Cletus,
      Thanks for getting in touch. My mushroom ID skills are probably not much better than yours. I’m learning them as I go, and probably know some of the most common local mushrooms. Feel free to send pics to and I’ll give you my opinion, for what that is worth :). I also suggest you going the local mushroom club and follow their Facebook page. There are lots of members who are in it just to learn more about the subject as well as some experts. Hopefully that will help too! The club is called the New River Valley Mushroom Club, and their Facebook page is at:

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