Collection location: Fraser Experimental Forest, Grand Co., Colorado, USA [Click for map]
These were tentatively id’d at the 50th NAMA Foray.
The latex was white and the taste was acrid.
However, the cap color is a little darker orange than the pictures and description in the Bessette book. Also, while the spore ornamentation seems OK, my measurement of the spores make them a little wider and a little longer. ~9.5-13.0 X 9.0-10.0 microns.
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according to the new “Milk Mushrooms of North America” by Bessette et al.
Lactarius rufus usually has orange and brown on the stem and the spores are thinner.
And while I saw a similar mushroom ID’d as L. olympianus, these could well be something else.
Did you see if these match well the description for L. rufus? What about these makes the id for L. olympianus? (Which I thought was a fairly rare mushroom from western Washington, and wouldn’t that be strange to find in CO?)
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