The Veiled or Powdery Sulfur Bolete (Pulveroboletus ravenelii) immediately grabbed my attention. Here was a mushroom, covered with a yellow cottony veil, the sight of which I had never seen before. I feel constrained to quote David Arora from his book Mushrooms Demystified,
I was dumbfounded by the sight of my first Pulveroboletus. As boletes go it is an odd creature, a gaudy misfit, an audacious anomaly. The brilliant yellow cottony veil which covers the cap and stalk when young sets it apart from all other boletes.
When I was handling this specimen the yellow powder completely stained my hand.
(See also this photograph in larger format, and an index to other mushrooms.)
Copyright © 2006 William T. Hathaway.