Observation 151648: Lactarius Pers.

When: 2013-11-09

Collection location: King Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

47.4939° -121.7861° 200m

Who: Dan Phillips (shams)

No specimen available

Does anyone know what this cute little guy is? Found just off a hiking trail in a small bunch of three or four. It was a strong orange-red in the wild; a few hours later it has turned a bit more towards orange and brown. Smell is mild, mushroomey.


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57% (1)
Recognized by sight
15% (2)
Recognized by sight
Used references: Arora, Mushrooms Demystified. Key to this obs. may be the last photo, which appears to show Sphagnum moss. L. rufus is often associated with Sphagnum in northern boggy areas.
26% (1)
Recognized by sight: Could be…there are several described species of orange Lactarius in NA that are difficult to tell apart. Other possibilities include L. luculentus, L. subflammeus, L. subviscidus, L. substriatus.

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