Observation 97634: Lactarius chrysorrheus Fr.

When: 2012-06-15

Collection location: Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs, Georgia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Joe Borysko (Pudd)

No specimen available

Cap: 4.0cm tan with peach tones smooth and polished
Gills: 10% forking 60% short staining slowly brown-orange from latex
Stem: 3.1cm x 1.0cm
Latex: Copious, white, becoming yellow after 5-10 seconds
Odor: light and indescribable
Taste: lightly peppery with a stronger taste of something indescribable (it was slightly unpleasant).
FeSO4: tan

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By: Joe Borysko (Pudd)
2012-06-17 19:31:41 PDT (-0700)

There were spots on the gills where they were reddish-brown where they meet the margin. I can’t remember clearly if the latex stained the gills the same color. I assumed the color I saw before I cut it was from the latex. Is that an incorrect assumption?

Either way in Hesler and Smith, it explicitly says “not discoloring or spotting vinaceous or brown”, so I am doubtful about it being L. chrysorrheus.

L. vinaceorufeus seems like a better (although not perfect) fit to me. The other pictures on MO sport a dark cap, but the description in H&S is “color pallid to buff becoming pinkish cinnamon to pink to vinaceous rose to finally dark vinaceous-red”. That seems like a match to me, given that mine is younger. The one thing that bothers me the most though is that the gills are described as forking frequently near the stipe, which didn’t happen.

Eventually I’ll go back to that parking lot and take a look at what trees are there. If it’s hardwood, that’ll rule out L. vinaceorufescens. I remember them being evergreens though.

“staining slowly brown-orange from latex”
By: Jimmie Veitch (jimmiev)
2012-06-17 18:09:05 PDT (-0700)

I do think it could be Lactarius chrysorrheus but latex in this species should not discolor the gills according to Milk Mushrooms of North America B/H/B. No better options that I know of though

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