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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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07 July, 2012

Red Cracking Bolete (Xerocomus chrysenteron)

Many bolete have a cracked surface to the cap but with some it is an identifying feature. The Red-Cracking Bolete has a reddish cap that readily cracks to show the yellow flesh of the pores underneath. This is a common fungus not only found in woods but also in parks and pastures, especially where beech or larch are nearby.Generally a solitary species, although occasionally in small grouops, this can be found from late summer through to early winter.
It is edible, especially if you like eating sponge!
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Find out more about the Red Cracking Bolete in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Red-cracking%20Bol...