Strobilomyces strobilaceus

Common Names: Old man of the woods
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Boletes

Syn. Strobilomyces floccopus. The caps of the fruit bodies are between 4 to 10 cm wide, with a convex shape and a villous, involute margin. The cap surface is covered with dark grey to black erect scales. The stipe is up to 14 cm long and 2 cm thick. It is coloured like the cap and has a woolly surface and a thick, ascending annulus. The pores on the underside of the cap are hexagonal, coloured dirty white or grey. The flesh is thick and initially white, but will stain pink and then slate grey and black after exposure to the air.

Found solitary or in groups in deciduous as well as coniferous forests in low mountain ranges and alpine areas between August and October.

Edible Notes: Young specimens are reported to be edible.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.