For many years this species was identified as the European species Boletus aereus (Thiers 1975, Arora 1986, Bessette et al. 2000).
It was formally described as a distinct species, Boletus regineus, based on a California Type collection (Arora 2008).
Boletus regineus is a locally common bolete in hardwood forests of California and Oregon, USA.
This species is edible, and is often collected for food; no sign of decline has been noted due to picking.
Population is widespread, and no major decline has been observed. We recommend it should be listed as Least Concern (LC).
Locally common in coastal and Coast Range forest throughout northern California, and the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range foothills; rare in southern California, occurring south to at least Santa Barbara County. Scattered throughout the lower elevations in the eastern parts of the Coast Range, Willamette Valley, and Cascade Range in Oregon, and at low elevation (and often urban) areas in Washington, USA.
Population is widespread in western North American, and no decline has been observed.
Population Trend: Stable
Ectomycorrhizal, mostly associated with hardwoods; Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus), oaks (Quercus spp), Madrone (Arbutus menziesii), Chinquapin (Chrysolepis chrysophylla), and occasionally manzanita (Arctostaphylos spp.), and more rarely with conifers. Common in coastal and coast range forest, and the Sierra Nevada foothills in California, occasional in low to mid elevation forests in western Oregon and Washington, USA.
No threats have been identified.
No specific conservation actions are needed with regards to this species.
No specific research is needed with regards to this species.
Boletus regineus is an edible species, and is widely harvested across much of its range.
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Wood, M.G. and Stevens, F.A. 2020. MykoWeb; California Fungi. https://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species/Boletus_regineus.html