Fragrant Lactarius Lactarius camphoratus (Bulliard) Fries  

Status:

Found solitary, scattered or in groups on wet ground in mixed forests.

Description:

Cap: Small, reddish-brown fading to dull pink in age; convex with umbo (slightly depressed in age); smooth. Latex white or watery-white (does not stain). Usually aromatic likened to odor of maple sugar. Gills: Whitish/pale pink, decurrent, close. Stalk: Colored like cap, smooth or with white hairs at base (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

Latex becomes whey-like and is not staining. Its fragrant odor (compared to maple sugar) becomes more conspicuous upon drying. (L. Biechele, pers. comm.)

There are 50 records in the project database.

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Fragrant Lactarius (cap and gills with latex) in Howard Co., Maryland (7/27/2010). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Fragrant Lactarius (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (7/27/2010). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Fragrant Lactarius in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/19/2014). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

Fragrant Lactarius growing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/26/2018). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Fragrant Lactarius specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (6/13/2011). Nearly round/ellipsoid, ornamented with ridges; measured 6.5-8.5 X 6.1-7.5 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Fragrant Lactarius in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/30/2018). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)


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