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[Top 3+] Bicolor Bolete Look Alikes + How To Identify

You may think of using Bicolor Bolete in your exotic recipe, given its umami taste. But not every red-capped mushroom is a Bicolor Bolete, they might rather be its poisonous look alikes.

Generally, members of the Bolete family, like Boletus sensibilis, Boletus miniato-olivaceus and Leccium spp, may deceive you for the Bicolor with their red to brownish cap. Besides, they also have similar height and size. 

Follow along to learn in detail about the feature of the Bicolor Bolete to set them apart from its inedible look alikes.

How Does a Bicolor Bolete Look Like?

Bicolor Bolete (Baorangia bicolor) is a medium to large-sized edible Mushroom variety prized for its unique appearance.

The cap of Bicolor Bolete Mushroom boasts striking two-tone coloration, with the shades ranging from reddish-brown to a deep chocolate brown. And thus, the name Bicolor Bolete. 

Further, the cap is convex flat and has a scaly texture, growing up to 6 inches wide, with a yellow center.

Following that is the 2-4 inches yellowish, cylindrical stem which holds onto the entire mushroom structure. 

A portrait of three Bicolor Bolete mushroom popping from the ground.
Most of these mushroom grows under oak and beech trees.

One of the major distinctions of the Bicolor Bolete Mushroom from its look-alikes is the sponge-like pores inside the cap instead of the gills. 

Moreover, a slight bruise on the stem or flesh turns the Bicolor Bolete fainty blue to a greenish shade. 

This is another important clue to correctly identify the Bicolor Bolete setting its apart from its look alikes.

Fun Fact: Bicolor Bolete has a symbiotic relationship with trees. Mushroom get nutrients from the tree, and the tree gets water and minerals from the mushroom. 

3+ Poisonous Bicolor Bolete Look Alikes

One of the scariest things about mushrooms is their prolific growth and poisonous nature, especially in the wild.

You’ll come across different mushrooms, some even deceiving to look like edible ones. It is very similar to the confusion between the Shaggy Mane Mushroom and its look alikes

Hoaxed by the appearance, you may try consuming the poisonous types and end up in a troublesome situation. 

To avoid such a situation, knowing about the Bicolor and its no-edible look alikes is essential. 

1. Curry Bolete

Sharing the same family, Boletacea, Boletus sensibilis is the closest look-alikes of the Bicolor Bolete.

It has a similar reddish cap resembling the Bicolor. Yellow pores and stem adds to making the differentiation difficult.

A bruised Boletus sensibilis held on a palm.
Boletus sensibilis grows under conifer trees.

However, Boletus sensibilis has an unusual currylike smell, but Bicolor has no fragrance.

Moreover, it has the typical blue staining reaction when its flesh and pores are touched or bruised. But the bruising reaction is more pronounced than the Bicolor type.

2. Red Olive Bolete

Red Olive Bolete (Boletus miniato-olivaceus) is a type of Bolete fungus habiting mostly under hemlock trees. 

The color of its cap is more towards the brownish or rosy shade, but both the Red Olive and the Bicolor Bolete look exactly the same from afar. 

One of the major distinguishing factors between the Bicolor and its fellow Boletus is the stem. 

Red Olive Bolete has a yellow stem, unlike the red stalk of the Bicolor.

Despite being edible, they are not as preferred as the Bicolor for culinary use.

3. Leccium Spp.

Another on the Bicolor Bolete look alikes list is the Scaber-stalk Boletes, aka the Leccinum spp

Found in temperate and boreal forests all around the world, they have a characteristic tough stem. They also flaunt a chest-nut colored cap, similar to the Bicolor type.
A portrait of Leccium spp laid on the ground.
The mushroom might be aesthetically pleasing, but it holds a poisonous character as well.

However, the edibility of the Leccium spp is still questionable, just like the cancer-causing Potential of the Portobello Mushroom.

Moreover, research suggests the edibility of the Leccium mainly depends upon the surrounding.

4. Red Cracking Bolete 

Formerly known as Boletus chrysenteron, Red Cracking Bolete (Xerocomus chrysenteron) is a medium to small-sized mushroom. 

Just like the Bicolor Bolete, they are edible and have indented shapes.

A photo of Xerocomus chrysenteron, one upside down and one still unplucked.
Xerocomus even has spongy pores similar just like the Bicolor.

But comparing them side by side, you’ll notice the Xerocomus is a little smaller than the Bicolor with a 2-4 inch diameter. And do not have a clear dual gradient on the cap.

Also, they are not as flavorful, but you may have them by sauteing, grilling and baking. 

From Editorial Team

Do Not Eat Random Wild Mushrooms!

Before you hop on to any weird internet trend about trying wild and rare mushrooms, you got to do the research. 

As mushrooms may look like one but might actually be some poisonous type, we do not recommend trying them. 

But if you still want to learn about them, so consult a professional or Mycologist.