Observation 138300: Lactarius deliciosus (L.) Gray
When: 2013-06-29
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found at 4100ft. elevation in a meadow of thick grass-on the edge of forest fire burn from summer 2012.

Extremely thick large convex, orange cap- about 8in. tall.

Stem- thick, peach colored, somewhat bulbous- greenish staining where handled.

Decurrent gills going midway down stem.

Looking very much like a Lactarius- but without any immediate lactation when cut.

Odor- somewhat lik cardboard or particle board, pleasant.

Temp: low 70’s.

Tree association nearby- Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine.

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Note: greenish patina staining on stem- much like Lactarius deliciosa- tho- this huge fruiting had no lactation when cut…

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6% (2)
Recognized by sight
70% (3)
Recognized by sight: many will show scant milk in dry conditions, or in older fruitbodies. The stature, colors, and staining are pretty much diagnostic for the section
85% (1)
Eye3 Eyes3
Used references: Arora MDM- pg. 68. “The latex is so scanty as to often be non existent, but the brittle flesh and greenish stains on the cap, stalk and/or gills will identify it.” The only problem with my initial identification was the lack of latex- but according to Arora this is a common occurrence with this species. Also, Christian pointed out the fact that most specimens that are old tend to mostly be latex free commonly.

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Thanks again Christian-
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2013-07-02 01:16:20 BST (+0100)

That was my initial reaction macroscopically when I came up on it in the field. When I found no lactation I was a bit confused. Everything else looked like a massive L.deliciosus- right down to the green staining- just wanted to be sure. Appreciate the info about old specimens/dry weather :) Makes sense.

I’ve usually only found these or very similar Lactarius under pinus on the Washington and Oregon coast in the fall. Love finding a species in far different than usual locations and at different fruiting times. You are an awesome resource!

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