Observation 138080: Lactarius Pers.

When: 2013-06-29

Collection location: Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Phil Yeager (gunchky)

No specimen available

Rosy-red, brittle cap that doesn’t peel easily. Taste was slightly bitter. Gills attached, slightly decurrent and forked near the stipe. Stipe equal to enlarging somewhat at the base. Terrestrial, near white pine.


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17% (2)
Used references: Phillips
61% (2)
Recognized by sight
-28% (1)
Recognized by sight: Gills look broad for hygrophoroides. See discussion under comments.

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That answers my question, Phil.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-08-05 00:23:34 CDT (-0400)

Your test to check whether gills are truly forked is exactly what I mean. If the end/edge of a short gill sticks to a long gill, the resulting appearance resembles forking. So I agree your explanation weakens the hygrophoroides proposal.

By: Phil Yeager (gunchky)
2014-08-04 20:10:25 CDT (-0400)

Zoom in on bottom photo and you can see forking. Also when I find certain mushrooms that look forked I use my metric rular in between the sections that appear to be forked. If they are, my ruler does not pass through this area, proving that thay are truly forked. Also when I picked this ( approx 13 months ago) I noticed no latex perhaps due to the age of the specimen, and it matched well with the description of R. sanguinea. Afetr Walt stated Lactarius, I researched this and thought that it may be L. Hygrophoroides var. hygrophoroides, but in B.B. and H. they do not mention gill forking for this species. Also in the bottom photo it appears as if there are some crossveins, but I am not certain. Well, back to the drawing board. One other thing; since it took only thirteen months to check this obs. I would hope that you not work for FEMA. Joking of course.

Phil, I’m wondering if the gills…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-08-03 20:19:16 CDT (-0400)

are truly forked, or is it just the lamellae are stuck to the longer gills.

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