A picture of a Satan's Bolete

Satan's Bolete

Rubroboletus satanas

Also known as

Satan's Bolete Fungus, Devil's Bolete, Devil's Bolete Fungus, Satan's Shroom

Satans-Röhrling Boletus satanas by H. Krisp (CC BY 3.0)

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A photo of Satan's Bolete
A photo of Satan's Bolete

Satan's Bolete Overview

Rubroboletus satanas was first described in 1830 by a German naturalist named Harald Lenz. After the unpleasant experience of eating a piece, he gave it the name Satan’s Bolete. This mushroom contains a toxin known as bolesatine, and if ingested, it can make someone very ill. The main symptoms include violent vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramping. When mature, these mushrooms scream 'don't eat me!'. The stalk is blood-red and they release a foul-smelling odour which mimics the smell of rotting flesh. When immature, however, they appear pure-white, just like an edible bolete fungus. Find these mushrooms growing in broadleaved woodland from summer to early autumn in Europe. They have a strong association with warm weather and a preference for alkaline soil.