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Group of Fungi: Boletes
Latin Name: Tylopilus chromapes (Frost) A.H. Sm. & Thiers
Common Name: Chrome-footed Bolete
Description: Total height 2–5 in (5–12.5 cm); cap 1 5/8–5 in (4–12.5 cm) wide; convex to hemispherical at first but becoming broadly convex to nearly flat with age, pink to rosy-red when young but fading to tan; upper surface dry to slightly viscid when moist; spore-bearing surface white at first and then becoming pale to dingy pink; stalk 1 5/8–4 1/2 in (4–11.5 cm) long, 3/8–1 in (1–2.5 cm) in diameter, often crooked, white to pink except for the base, which is conspicuously yellow, entire stalk becoming covered with pink or red dots (scabers); spores rosy-brown in mass.
Biological Role: Forms mycorrhizal associations with forest trees.
Habitat: On the ground in broadleaf and conifer forests; solitary or occurring in small groups.
Geographical Distribution: Widely distributed throughout eastern North America.
Comments: Tylopilus chromapes is easily recognized by its pink cap to rosy-red cap and white to pink stalk with a yellow base. It is considered to be edible.