In mixed woods, primarily beech/oak/eastern white pine. Caps ranging from 3 to 9 cm wide, convex, lacking conical bump in the center but sunken slightly instead. Chocolate brown, almost all specimens lightly mottled with light tan/white dots. Dry, soft, with a slightly inrolled margin. Gills white, fairly close, staining pink/brown with drying white latex. Stem light brown with white at base, dry, somewhat velvety. No odor.

I would have suggested L. lignyotus more definitively except that none of these specimens, even the most mature ones, had the conical bump I generally see with that species. In addition, it is difficult to determine whether the latex is staining the tissues pink or brown. If staining is brown, perhaps L. gerardii var. fagicola


Fresh latex, older cut shows stained tissues.

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