Observation 216274: Lactarius helvus (Fr.) Fr.

When: 2015-09-16

Collection location: Grand Lake Stream Region, Maine, USA [Click for map]

Who: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)

No specimen available

Proposed Names

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Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: pale orange brown velvety cap, yellowish subdecurrent gills, hollow stem color of cap, orangish flesh, watery non-staining milk, mild taste, fragrant odor, in wet sphagnum moss under hemlock and birch
Used references: Milk Mushrooms of NA by BHB

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You’re welcome, Terri and Donna.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-09-17 04:35:53 PDT (-0700)

I had suspected the camera may have lightened up the color.

Back when these were still called L. aquifluus I tried preparing some as food. They tasted much like they smell, maple/butterscotch. What an excellent addition to a mac/cheese casserole. The flavor permeated the whole thing. But after getting a relatively minor stomach each of the three times I ate them, I decided to give up on this. I still have a jar of dried ones from… 198? I can still detect the pleasant aroma.

Thanks Dave for your comment.
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2015-09-17 04:17:50 PDT (-0700)

I always appreciate your thoughtful input. These were indeed pale orange brown but unfortunately the photos made them look even paler that they were in reality.


Just noticed your last sentence: quite certain they are the same. I cut many of them open, smelled them and examined the latex. It was quite a large flush—in various stages of maturity.

In the top photo…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-09-16 20:49:29 PDT (-0700)

I initially thought the mushrooms looked kinda pale/gray for L. helvus. Also, the caps show no variably colored zones. But reviewing this species, which years back seemed more common in my area, I see that color and zones on the cap are quite variable.

Watery latex, thick club-shaped stipe with cavernous interior, fragrant odor, and all other traits described in the notes for this observation well support the helvus proposal.

I guess the only question I have, Terri and Donna… How certain are you that all the mushrooms in all the photos are the same species?

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