Observation 51162: Lactarius turpis (Weinm.) Fr.

When: 2010-08-09

Collection location: Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

Specimen available

This was one of my favorite finds over a long week of collecting.

Proposed Names

29% (1)
Recognized by sight: oddly mottled and textured cap. darkly strobiculate stipe, white latex that turns gray green..
Used references: MDM.
72% (4)
Recognized by sight: Irene called it first.
Used references: “Milk Mushrooms of North America,” Bessette, Harris and Bessette.

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finally found good photos of turpis, right here at home…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-08-23 16:30:50 CDT (-0400)

in the Bessettes Lactarius book. I agree, it looks like a dead ringer for that species. Can go deeper if and when the dessicata arrives…for now, I’m switching rather than fighting!

you ID’ed them!! laughing..
By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2010-08-23 13:01:32 CDT (-0400)

No they dont have pink gills, ill post them and you can tell me what you think.

By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2010-08-23 12:48:30 CDT (-0400)
By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2010-08-23 12:33:48 CDT (-0400)

ok sorry, Just looked at the MDM and my own pictures. I may have mislabeled mine. My caps all seem to be much more green than brown. Maybe the new Bessette book on lactarius has something.

no dessicata in hand…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-08-23 12:05:12 CDT (-0400)

still in transit from AK. Will the chemicals work on dried material? And are there no other Lactarius sp. that show a purple color? Olivaceoumbrinus supposedly also shows a magenta rxn. w/KOH… what color of purple does turpis show?

By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2010-08-23 11:40:41 CDT (-0400)

I think its turpis… try ammonia, or KOH.. it gives a purple reaction. Ive seen the stipe like that, but not staining of the gills more of a shade than olive.

tempting to call it by the name of something that occurs just across the Bering Strait…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-08-23 11:29:09 CDT (-0400)

frankly, I have never seen anything like this Lactarius, and
L. olivaceoumbrinus was the closest that I could come using MDM. But what about the green stainng of the gills, and the black scrobiculae on the stipe? Is that a common feature that simply wasn’t mentioned in the descriptions that I could find online of turpis?

Could it be something else entirely? God knows we felt like we were collecting in a whole nuther world up there…

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-08-23 05:13:21 CDT (-0400)

This Lactarius olivaceoumbrinus looks extremely much like Lactarius turpis(aka necator).

toadskin milk cap (check cap detail!)
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-08-22 23:53:05 CDT (-0400)

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