Observation 146519: Lactarius pseudomucidus Hesler & A.H. Sm.


Dark red-brown cap, slimy.
Smokey or velvety stipe, purple-brown. White gills.
Cap flesh white, with abundant white latex.

Proposed Names

-9% (3)
Used references: Arora, Mushrooms Demystified.
28% (1)
Recognized by sight: I’d bet on L. pseudomucidus, but if the stipe was actually dry, that’s a bit off. Stipe is too gray for L. kauffmanii, but the slimy cap definitely rules out L. fallax
57% (1)
Used references: After doing a bit of research on-line, found this reference photo by Kit Scates:

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Admitedly, not a great fit.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2013-09-27 11:46:36 PDT (-0700)

But L. pseudomucidus not great either: stipe was quite dry, even in occasional rain showers.

Another thing to consider is obs. at near sea level may be quite different than those at nearly 4,000 feet elevation.

Cap was also quite small: 1.5 inches across. The stipe was nearly 4 inches tall.

The dry, ashy-colored stipe determined my suggestion for L. fallax. Quite similar to the stipe of Darvin DeShaver’s obs. of L. fallax, but lacking the bone-dry cap.

L. fallax…
By: Drew Parker (mycotrope)
2013-09-26 20:02:29 PDT (-0700)

has dark brown to black dry, velvety cap. Check out other obs of L. fallax. This looks like Lactarius pseudomucidus, but the stipe should be at least slightly viscid.

Created: 2013-09-26 11:47:02 PDT (-0700)
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