Boletaceae (Bolete) Mushroom Family
Eastwood Bolete may also be known as Thiers Mushroom or Choice Bolete. To identify it look for a large grayish-brown cap, 3-8 inches broad, conic or convex to nearly flat in age, and usually covered with thick red hairs. The gills are dark red (instantly bruising blue when touched). The cap margin is at first thickly covered with red hairs. Its preferred habitat is under pines in moist, rich woods. The plant is said to produce only on the West Coast, but it has been reported in numerous locations along the Gulf of Mexico coastal regions. Spores occur in the summer and autumn and usually mature within 7-10 days.