Observation 216274: Lactarius helvus (Fr.) Fr.
When: 2015-09-16
No herbarium specimen

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76% (2)
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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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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus

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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.

Terri

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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