Public Description of Lactarius deliciosus (L.) Gray

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Taxonomic Classification:

Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Russulales
Family: Russulaceae

General Description:
Diagnostic Description:

L. deliciosus is within the group of orange milking species the only one in which the latex doesn’t turn darker, but becomes green after several hours. It always has scrobiculae on the stipe (never does L. deterrimus and L. fennoscandicus!) and usually a cap with silvery shining +/- concentric zones. Growing under pine.



Associated with pine

Look Alikes:

Lactarius deterrimus: never has scrobiculae on the stipe, latex turns wine red after 15-20 minutes, develops green stains, said to be common in Europe, found with Spruce.

Lactarius salmonicolor: never stains green, grows under Abies (fir) , latex turninge wine red after one hour

Lactarius sanguifluus: has wine red latex from the beginning

Lactarius semisanguifluus: cap always without silvery zonation, but usually greenish-winebrown, latex changes to wine red within 5-10 minutes

Lactarius quieticolor: with duller colours, latex turning wine red after 20 some minutes (never in Lactarius deliciosus), and has the coarsest spore ornamentaton in this group, found with pine.

Lactarius rubrilacteus dark reddish-purplish red latex staining flesh & gills greenish, cap red-orange staining green, associated with Dug-Fir(not pine) see but according to Roger Phillips it is also associated with pine,

a very well known edible for many years


Current Name:
Lactarius deliciosus (L.) Gray, Nat. Arr. Brit. Pl. (London) 1: 624 (1821)

Agaricus deliciosus L., Sp. pl. 2: 1172 (1753)
Galorrheus deliciosus (L.) P. Kumm., Führ. Pilzk. (Zwickau): 126 (1871)
Lactifluus deliciosus (L.) Kuntze, Revis. gen. pl. (Leipzig) 2: 856 (1891)

Description author: Johannes Harnisch (Request Authorship Credit)
Description editors: Andreas Gminder, walt sturgeon

Created: 2009-05-11 18:28:21 CDT (-0400) by Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
Last modified: 2011-12-09 19:45:48 CST (-0500) by walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
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