Observation 177978: Lactarius Pers.

Found this at the border of Zone 2. I’ve never found milkies in or near Zone 2 before. Small, reddish caps; latex white and unchanging. I didn’t taste it so I don’t know if it’s in the acrid L. rufus group or the candy cap group. Not sure if there’s any other way to tell those apart.

Trees nearby include Populus tremulus, Acer saccharum, Betula papyrifera, Pinus strobus, Pinus resinosa, Abies balsamea, at least one unidentified species of spruce, and possibly some two-short-needle pines.

Zone 2 has sandy, well-drained soil in parts, though loamier soil in the middles of the denser tree stands. I also saw Russulas from the blackening clade in abundance in the same general area.

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