The chestnut bolete, Gyroporus castaneus (Bull.) Quél.
Boletus castaneus Bull.
Herbier de la France 7: tab. 328 (1788) [1787-88]
Boletus fulvidus Fr.
Observ. mycol. (Havniae) 2: 247 (1818)
Leucobolites castaneus (Bull.) Beck
Z. Pilzk. 2: 142 (1923)
Leucobolites fulvidus (Fr.) Beck
Z. Pilzk. 2: 142 (1923)
Fahler Röhrling (German)
Cap: 3-7 cm diameter, convex when young, becoming broadly convex to plano-convex to plane or depressed in age; surface dry, glabrous to finely tomentose to pulverulent, often rimose with age, colored brown to tan to pinkish brown; margin entire, but becoming rimose or split, involute, becoming inflexed or flared. Context: 5-7 mm thick, white, unchanging when exposed.
Tubes: 3-6 mm deep, 1-3 per mm, shallow to deeply and broadly depressed around the stem, white when young, becoming yellow at maturity, unchanging or darkening slightly when bruised; pores one to two per millimeter, angular, radially elongate near stem apex, concolorous with tubes.
Stem: 2-4 cm long, 0.5-2 cm thick at the apex, equal to tapering toward the apex, hollow in basal portion; surface dry, unpolished, glabrous to tomentose to velutinous, colored similarly to the cap-tan to brown to pinkish brown; context white, unchanging.
Odor: not distinctive.
Taste: mild, slightly acidic.
Spore print: yellow.
Spores: ellipsoid, hyaline to pale yellow in KOH, ochraceous in Melzer’s, nonamyloid, smooth, thin-walled, 8-12 X 5-6 µm.
Edibility: edible and choice.
Habitat: solitary or gregarious under oaks in other hardwoods, during rainy periods in the summer and early fall. According to Arora (1986, pg. 510), it is common in Europe and eastern (but not western) North America.
The in vitro fruit-body production of the strain Bo1, a morphologically similar species to G. castaneus, has been reported (Ohta and Fujiwara, 2003).
The organic acids composition in the chestnut bolete has been determined to be ~5 g/kg, comprised predominantly of malic acid (74%) and citric plus ketoglutaric acids (24% and 1%, respectively) (Valentao et al., 2005).
Extracts from G. castaneus have shown B-, O-specific human blood group specific hemagglutination (Yagi et al., 2000).
Polysaccharides extracted from the mycelial culture of G. castaneus and administered intraperitoneally into white mice at a dosage of 300 mg/kg inhibited the growth of Sarcoma 180 and Ehrlich solid cancers by 80% and 70%, respectively (Ohtsuka et al., 1973).
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Polysaccharides having an anticarcinogenic effect and a method of producing them from species of Basidiomycetes.
UK Patent 1331513, 26 September 1973.
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The boletes of Michigan, by Alexander H. Smith and Harry D. Thiers.
University of Michigan Herbarium Fungus Monographs.