When: 2007-11-04

Collection location: Santa Clara Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Charley Pow (charley280)

No specimen available

a few growing under a coast live oak tree.


Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight
61% (2)
Recognized by sight: whitish gills and stipe, yellow-gold cap, with zones.

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Some stuff to look for…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2007-11-08 14:15:22 CST (-0500)

For these you need to look at the stem, and see if it smooth or not. Then look at the cap edge, and see if it fuzzy or not. Then with a knife cut the gills, and look for white latex to ooze, and wait. Later see if the latex has stained the gills or not. (And then if you are crazy, like Dimitar, you look for cystidia on the gills or not, but you don’t have to go there.) There are a few species that look like this.

Also, I believe these are the same photo, in two sizes? You don’t have to post both, the system will re-size and make the thumbnail for you.

Thanks for posting!

Most likely Lactarius alnicola
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-11-07 12:15:04 CST (-0500)

It’s hard to be certain without seeing underneath the cap or a clearer view of the stem. It should have gills under the cap and when you break them they should exude a white milk-like liquid. Also the taste should be extremely peppery.