Observation 5963: Lactarius Pers.

When: 2008-01-09

Collection location: Clinton, Whidbey Island, Island Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Sam Linse (BearwoodSam)

No specimen available

Found on dead coniferous wood in small groups in mature mixed coniferous second growth forest of Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock.
Cap is orange brown, quite slimy when wet. Very small caps, about 1 to 2cm in diameter. Very flat when mature.
Gills are cream to buff, fairly coarse, narrow, attached and widely spaced. Spore print is not available, but it looks light colored.
Stem is also cream to buff, equal and nothing else of note on it.

I’m clueless. Any ideas? Thanks.

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Does it Lactate?
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-01-09 17:11:11 CST (-0500)

Did you see any lactations? This looks a little like a Lactarius, but need to see lactations, which sometimes don’t happen if the thing it too wet, or too dry. But if the stipe is brittle, and then gills light brown like this, it would point towards lactarius.

Lactarius sp.
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-01-09 17:10:00 CST (-0500)

I see some milkly exudate in the last photo and the stature is right for Lactarius.