Public Description of Lactarius areolatus Hesler & A.H. Sm.

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Name: Lactarius areolatus Hesler & A.H. Sm.
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Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Russulaceae

General Description:

Cap: 2-7 cm; convex to bell-shaped, quickly becoming flattened or centrally depressed; moist or dry; bald at first, but soon becoming roughened-scurfy and wrinkled; dark reddish brown to orangish brown when very fresh and young, becoming burnt orange to pinkish brown or orangish brown; the margin becoming lined and/or scalloped.

Gills: Beginning to run down the stem; close or nearly distant; creamy to pale yellowish at first, developing cinnamon spots and eventually discoloring cinnamon; not staining from the milk.

Stem: 2-9 cm long; up to about 1 cm thick; more or less equal; bald; without potholes; colored like the cap, or paler; hollow; dry.

Flesh: Pale orangish to pale cinnamon; brittle; not staining when sliced.

Milk: Watery to whey-like; not staining tissues; not staining white paper.

Odor and Taste: Odor not distinctive—or slightly to strongly fragrant (even a little reminiscent of Lactarius camphoratus); taste mild.

Spore Print: Pale yellowish.

Chemical Reactions: Cap surface olive with KOH.

Spores 6.5-9 × 5-7 µ; subglobose to broadly ellipsoid; ornamentation 0.5-1.0 µ high, as isolated warts and scattered but frequent ridges that do not form consistent reticula. Macrocystidia absent. Pileipellis a hyphoepithelium with terminal elements that tend to inflate and aggregate with maturity.

Diagnostic Description:

Ridged spores will help distinguish it from Lactarius rimosellus.


eastern United States


Mycorrhizal with oaks and with hornbeam; growing scattered or gregariously; summer and fall.

Look Alikes:

Lactarius rimosellus


Kuo, M. (2011, March). Lactarius areolatus. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site:


Current Name:
Lactarius areolatus Hesler & A.H. Sm., North American Species of Lactarius (Ann Arbor): 515 (1979)

Description author: walt sturgeon (Request Authorship Credit)

Created: 2014-01-22 08:46:06 PST (-0800) by walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
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