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False Satanic mushroom - the actual name for Rubroboletuslegaliae, belongs to the Borovik genus, the Boletov family.
Where the false satanic mushroom grows
In the past few years, the false satanic mushroom has been increasingly found in forests, which is associated with a warming climate. The fruiting period falls in July and lasts until mid-September. Fruit bodies prefer to grow in limestone soils. The false satanic mushroom is found more often singly or in small groups.
You can meet this variety in deciduous thickets. Grows in oak, beech or hornbeam forests. It can often be seen next to chestnut, linden, hazel. Loves light and warm places.
What does a false satanic mushroom look like?
The head of the false satanic mushroom reaches a diameter of 10 cm. The shape resembles a pillow with a convex or sharp edge. The surface of the upper part is light brown, reminiscent of a shade of coffee with milk. Over time, the color changes, the color of the cap becomes brownish-pink. The top layer is smooth, dry, with a slight tomentose coating. In adults, the surface is bare.
The leg has a cylindrical shape, tapers towards the base. Grows from 4 to 8 cm in height. The width of the lower part is 2-6 cm. Below, the color of the leg is brown, the rest is yellow. A thin purple-red mesh is noticeable.
The structure of the false satanic mushroom is delicate. The pulp is pale yellow. In the context, it turns blue. Emits an unpleasant sour odor. The tubular layer is colored gray-yellow; when ripe, it changes to a yellow-green hue.
Young specimens have small yellow pores, which increase with age. They turn red. Spore powder is light green.
Is it okay to eat a false satanic mushroom
In Russia and a number of other countries, the false satanic mushroom belongs to the poisonous species. Unsuitable for human consumption.
During the chemical analysis of the pulp, it was possible to isolate toxic elements: muscarine (in a small amount), bolesatin glycoprotein. The latter substance provokes thrombosis, hepatic blood stasis, as a result of blocking protein synthesis.
Some mushroom pickers are convinced that the notoriety and the name of the false satanic mushroom came from the fact that people tried the pulp raw. This action caused acute abdominal pain, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, gastrointestinal upset. These symptoms of poisoning disappeared by themselves after 6 hours, without causing serious complications. Therefore, the mushroom was classified as conditionally edible.
In order not to put poisonous or inedible forest "inhabitants" into the basket, you need to pay attention to external signs. It is recommended to carefully review the harvest upon arrival.
Borovik le Gal
Poisonous representative of the genus le Gal, named after the famous microbiologist. The mushroom cap is orange-pink in color. In a young state, the upper part is convex, after a few days it becomes flat. The surface is smooth and even. The diameter of the cap is 5-10 cm. The height of the leg is 7-15 cm. The lower part is quite thick, the size in the section is 2-5 cm. The shade of the leg is identical to the cap.
Boletus le Gal grows mainly in Europe. They are rare in Russia. They prefer deciduous forests, alkaline soils. Form mycosis with oak, beech. Appear in summer or early fall.
This variety is considered poisonous. The maximum cap size is 20 cm in diameter. The color is ocher-white or gray. The shape is hemispherical. The top layer is dry. The pulp is fleshy. The leg grows upwards by 10 cm. The thickness is 3-5 cm. The color of the lower part of the satanic mushroom is yellow with a reddish mesh.
The smell emanating from the old specimen is unpleasant, pungent. Often found in deciduous thickets. Prefers to settle in oak plantations, on limestone soils. Can create mycosis with any kind of tree. Distributed in Europe, the Middle East, Russia. Fruiting period June-September.
An edible and delicious forest dweller. It looks like a regular barrel, but it can change during the growth process. Leg height 25 cm, thickness 10 cm. Fleshy hat. Diameter 25-30 cm. The surface is wrinkled. If the porcini mushroom grows in a dry environment, the top film will be dry, in wet conditions it will be sticky. The color of the upper part is brown, light brown, white. The older the specimen, the darker the color of the cap.
The false satanic mushroom is poisonous and little studied. Therefore, special attention should be paid to "quiet hunting". Even familiar varieties are worth examining carefully. The use of specimens belonging to the conditionally edible category will not lead to death, but it will cause trouble.