False Saffron Milk Mushroom Lactarius deterrimus Groger  

Status:

Found solitary or in groups on ground in coniferous forests, especially white pine locally.

Description:

Cap: Yellow-gold to orange zoned with bands of rusty-orange with greenish spots in age, white or pale orange in center; smooth, slippery when wet; convex, nearly flat, or funnel-shaped (in age); margin inrolled and powdery (uplifted in age); flesh white to pale yellow-orange, stains green then gray; latex orange slowing staining yellow-orange, the blue-green, finally gray-green. Gills: Yellow to orange, salmon-buff in age; slightly decurrent; close. Stalk: Colored like cap, white at base, often with green-blue spots in age; dry; smooth; cylindrical, tapered at base; stuffed, hollow in age (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

There are 10 records in the project database.

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False Saffron Milk Mushroom (gills with stain and cap) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/16/2008). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

False Saffron Milk Mushroom (mature fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/16/2008). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

False Saffron Milk Mushroom in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/8/1995). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a False Saffron Milk Mushroom specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (10/16/2008). Broadly ellipsoid with warts and ridges; measured 8.1-9.7 X 6.2-6.7 microns. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Comparison photo of three species in the subgenus Lactarius: Lactarius deterrimus (left), Lactarius subpurpureus (middle), Lactarius paradoxus (right) in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/8/1995). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)


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