The fungus Chalciporus piperatus, commonly known as the peppery bolete,
is a small mushroom of the family Boletaceae found in mixed woodland in
Europe and North America, and occasionally in Brazil. It has also become
naturalised in Tasmania, under native myrtle beech trees. A small
bolete, it has a 1.6–9 cm (0.6–3.5 in) orange-fawn cap with
cinnamon or brown pores underneath, and a 4–9.5 cm (1.6–3.7 in)
stalk. The rare variety hypochryseus, found only in Europe, has yellow
pores and tubes. Described by Pierre Bulliard in 1790 as Boletus
piperatus, it is only distantly related to other members of the genus
Boletus and was reclassified as Chalciporus piperatus by Frédéric
Bataille in 1908. Chalciporus was an early branching lineage in its
family and appears to be related to boletes with parasitic properties.
Previously thought to be symbiotic with tree roots, C. piperatus is now
suspected of being parasitic on the mushroom Amanita muscaria. The flesh
of C. piperatus has a very peppery taste, and can be used as a
condiment or flavouring.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chalciporus_piperatus>
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