Observation 60096: Lactarius pyrogalus (Bulliard) Fries

When: 2010-09-05

Collection location: Port Dover, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Eva Skific (Evica)

No specimen available



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Recognized by sight: often with American Hornbeam, blue beech
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I think
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-12-03 12:20:17 CST (-0500)

that your NA species with hornbeam could be very close to circellatus, if not the same. What I recognize as pyrogalus (also a european species) is rarely as sharply zoned as this, the cap colour more of an olivaceous grey, the gills become ochraceous, and it grows with hazel, maybe hornbeam too.

Well Irene
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2010-12-03 10:47:30 CST (-0500)

Other than variety borealis, a species of Western N. America, I am not aware of L. circellatus occuring in N. America. As for my own observations, I have found what I have called L. pyrogalus associated with hornbeam. The gills are darker than those in this photo and more distant as well. So maybe Lactarius species is the best we can do for now. It is interesting that the literature indicates L. circellatus occurs with hornbeam. About the only other mushroom I find associated with hornbeam is Leccinum luteum.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-12-02 16:13:43 CST (-0500)

I have been thinking about this one, and you are probably right about this growing with hornbeam! In that case, check if the name shouldn’t be Lactarius circellatus instead.
Lactarius pyrogalus grows with hazel, and has a bit different colours.

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