Observation 176667: Lactarius aspideoides Burlingham

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funny …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-09-15 06:42:58 HST (-1000)

that none of the descriptions mention reddish staining at all. Does the Smith version?

Your statement doesn’t make sense, Noah. If Christians collections were “slow to stain,” why would they be staining red, first?

Also, what you show hardly has a “sulphur yellow stipe,” also typical of the species as described. I would not be surprised if there is far more to the multiplicity of Lactarius species in Alaska than is in our current knowledge base.

Still, yet another cool member of the Russulales from our northernmost reaches. Thanks for posting a photo here, Christian. Worth a thousand words! ;)

here is the original description of this species:
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-09-15 05:50:40 HST (-1000)

from the Russulales News:

“Pileus fleshy, rather firm, convex-umbelicate, then plane, becoming infundibuliform with age, 3-4.5 cm. broad, sulphur-yellow zoned with deeper yellow, zones narrow, sometimes obscure, very viscid when wet, gluten thick and persisting, margin involute and minutely tomentose at first; gills whitish then cream-colored spotted with yellow, close, sometimes forking next the stem, adnate but acute at the inner end, 4 mm. broad, staining lilac where wounded; stem sulphur-yellow, often spotted with deeper yellow, viscid when young or wet, equal or abruptly smaller at the base, glabrous, stuffed, becoming hollow, 2-3.5 cm. long, 6-10 mm. thick; spores white, globular to broadly elliptical, echinulate, 5-7 by 7-8 µ.; flesh whitish, changing faintly lilac where exposed to the air; milk white, a change in color indicated only by the change in the color of the broken flesh; taste bitter. In a grassy place in hillside sheep-pasture near small fir trees, 523 m. elevation, after heavy rain and warm weather, September 21-24; Newfane.”

Nowhere dodoes it mention that reddish stinging prior to staining purple. Do Hesler and Smith make mention?

Also, if appears that there are some fruit bodies that wholly lack any sort of “obscure” zoning. Depends upon that exact collection being described, I guess.

I like my term, better!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-09-15 05:41:46 HST (-1000)

no worries. so, you have photos of this turning purple? where?

well, sorta kinda zonate not!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-09-14 12:59:16 HST (-1000)

L. aspideoides isnt zonate, and I don’t believe that your collection is, either. Perhaps a new term should be coined: quasi-zonate?

It is definitely a cool and unusual Lactarius. Would like more confirmation on the specific ID, tho. I collected a number of purple staining species up there this past August, but NOT this one!

We need to get either Bart or Andy up that way, to dive into that monster Lactarius pile! Help!!!!

I see
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2014-09-14 11:25:54 HST (-1000)

A zonate cap (center one in particular)… Not sure if that is within range of “normal” L. aspideoides variation. I also see somewhat lilac staining. I think Noah has more pictures of these and likely also a specimen.

I can see the similarity to aspideodes …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-09-14 10:58:43 HST (-1000)

viscid yellowish azonite cap, but I see brownish-red staining, not lilac. are more photos available that do show lilac staining?

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