Growing on the ground in mixed woods.
Caps up to 5 cm across, some with a small umbo.
Spore print whitish.
Spores ~ 6.8-7.4 X 5.9-7.2 microns, moderately warted and reticulated.
Odor strongly of maple syrup even before drying and persisting after dehydration.


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Noah…you could be right.
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2014-06-22 20:33:12 CDT (-0400)

I was also swayed by an old Texas Mycology Society Species List that covered 16 years. L. camphoratus is noted a few times but L. fragilis isn’t on the list….not that it really carries a lot of weight.
I’ll pass it through David Lewis and see what he might have called them.
Thanks for your input.

By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2014-06-22 20:04:15 CDT (-0400)

Ron, L. camphoratus sensu NA is more brick-red/dull reddish-brown when young, I have never seen it this pale.

Hesler and Smith’s description was probably done based on dried specimens and Burlingham’s description… They mention L. camphoratus as having white spores, or yellowish in thick deposit, so I am not sure how much weight to put on their spore colors white/yellowish/yellow.
The spore reticulation is more like fragilis, camphoratus lacks or just has a few scattered reticulations.

The L. fragilis I have found had white spores, but yes, they did have slightly yellower gills and a slightly different colored cap. I just thing it’s a better fit than camphoratus

Noah…curious about your suggestion of
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2014-06-22 17:11:19 CDT (-0400)

L. fragilis. It does have the maple sugar characteristic but the reason I went with L. camphoratus was 1) the spore size fits a little better. 2) the cap color seems to be fading to a pale vinaceous red, 3)spore deposit was white instead of yellow. 4)latex a little more milky than watery and not so copious.
I’m using the Bessette Lactarius book as my reference but outside of you having more exposure to both species, what is the basis of your choice?

You’re probably right, Ron
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2014-06-22 12:26:11 CDT (-0400)

L. rubidus looks much more like camphoratus. This is another “candy cap” species..

Maybe I should have used the term “fragrant”
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2014-06-22 10:10:10 CDT (-0400)

as Lincoff does in the Audubon Guide, because I’m terrible at odor identification.
However, having found Lactarius rubidus(Candy Cap) many times in California, I can attest these are not those.
I do believe these are what is being called L. camphoratus in the US. The odor is certainly similar to the western Candy Cap, perhaps a little stronger in the fresh state and maybe with a curry undertone. The new Bessette Lactarius book uses the terms “like maple sugar or burnt sugar”.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2014-06-22 05:55:00 CDT (-0400)

has darker gills and smells like curry. I would have guessed rubidus on this one.

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