Observation 4129: Lactarius Pers.

Quite common in Lodgepole pine forest at edge of a Quaking aspen grove. This mushroom with strikingly pink colored gills has a sort of dry and more or less tasteless flesh, that becomes belatedly and mildly peppery. I thought it might be a Lactarius but couldn’t get any milk (nor spore print) out of the rather old, mature specimens I found.


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Recognized by sight: Too small to R. brevipes, looks more like Lactarius.

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Could also be Russula, maybe?
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2007-09-19 06:31:28 CST (+0800)

Russula brevipes can get pretty brown when old. Also isn’t there some Hygrophorus which can have this shape (or are wires getting crossed in my mind)? But it does look kinda Lactarius like.

Are you getting spore prints? And what are you using to id? Mushroom Expert seems to be better for east coast, and Arora’s Mushrooms Demystified will be better for west coast. What is best of rocky mountain region?

Looks like a Lactarius sp. to me.
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-09-19 06:25:53 CST (+0800)

However, I wouldn’t hazard a guess to species without some younger specimens.