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!
Find out more about the Red Cracking Bolete in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Red-cracking%20Bol...