Imperator torosus, the brawny bolete, is a fungus in the family
Boletaceae. Native to southern Europe, the Caucasus and Israel, it is
generally associated with deciduous trees such as hornbeam, oak and
beech in warm, dry locales. Although generally rare in Europe, it
appears to be relatively common in Hungary. Appearing in summer and
autumn on chalky soils, the stocky mushrooms have an ochre cap up to
20 cm (8 in) across, yellow pores on the cap underside, and a wine-red
to brown or blackish stalk up to 6–15 cm (2.4–5.9 in) long by
3–6 cm (1.2–2.4 in) wide. The pale yellow flesh changes colour
when broken or bruised depending on age; younger mushrooms become
reddish, and older ones take on bluish tones. Swedish mycologists Elias
Magnus Fries and Christopher Theodor Hök described this species as
Boletus torosus in 1835, relying in part on the work of Louis Secretan.
Eating raw, or sometimes even cooked, mushrooms of this species leads to
vomiting and diarrhea.
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