Note: Thanks to AMC member Bill Warner for sending along this informative report and superb photos from a recent visit to the Mogollon Rim region.
The “chrome bolete” or “chrome-footed bolete,” Harrya chromapes, is a beautiful bolete that looks like someone messed with the color balance on a Leccinum, complete with pink cap, pink scabers and a shocking chrome yellow stem base and mycelium. In fact, this species has bounced about between the genera Boletus, Tylopilus and Leccinum before finally being split off into Harrya last year along with one other species based on DNA evidence. Most guidebooks list it as either Tylopilus (e.g. Arora‘s tome) or Leccinum, and give a range of eastern USA to Texas, even though it has been known from Arizona for some time, including in published records.