These were growing near Bishop pine with caps up to 6.5 cm across and relatively dry.
Spore print was white. Spores were ~ 7.0-8.2 X 6.9-8.0 microns, globose to subglobose and with low warts and ridges that form reticulum.
Latex was creamy, unchanging and non-staining.
I did not taste the latex but the flesh was mild and did not become bitter or acrid.
Previously in this area I’ve found material that I called L. subflammeus and others may call L. luculentus. These do not seem to fit into either category so for the time being will call them Lactarius sp.
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as the group I found near Bishop pine. Mine were more red and less “fragilis”. at least when compared to the typical “Candy Cap” and it’s close relatives.
Did the cap and stem of yours snap easily?
The ones that I found were relatively firm and stubby and the stipe was not hollow. Also no odor to speak of.
Yours still could be L. rubidus or L. rufulus but they are normally associated with Oak.
The Lactarius luculentus and it’s ilk are said to have an acrid taste at some point.
I believe I collected a large amount of very similar specimens, the exception being that most of my collecting was done under douglas-fir. Being a beginner, I was hopeful that I brought home several pounds of candy caps. The more research I’m doing, the more confused I am getting about their identification. I was pretty sure there was a definitive maple aroma on a few that I chopped and sauteed, and also throughout my apartment this morning after setting some out on a screen to dry.
Here’s a link to my observation:
Is it possible that I collected some rubidus var. fragilis along with your unknowns? Is there any aroma from your specimens? The latex from mine is also creamy and unchanging.
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