Suillus luteus is a bolete fungus common in its native Eurasia and
widely introduced elsewhere. English names such as "slippery jack"
refer to the brown cap, which is slimy in wet conditions. The mushrooms
are edible, though not highly regarded, and are often eaten in soups,
stews or fried dishes. The fungus grows in coniferous forests in its
native range, and pine plantations where introduced. It forms symbiotic
associations with living trees by enveloping the underground roots. The
fungus produces spore-bearing mushrooms above ground in summer and
autumn. The cap often has a distinctive conical shape before flattening
with age. Instead of gills, the underside of the cap has pores with
tubes extending downward that allow mature spores to escape. The pore
surface is yellow, and covered by a membranous partial veil when young.
The stalk is pale with small dots near the top. It bears a distinctive
ring that is tinged brown to violet on the underside.
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