Observation 84169: Lactarius luculentus var. laetus Hesler & A.H. Sm.


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Recognized by sight: white unchanging latex, no taste, no smell.

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By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2012-01-31 16:25:23 PST (-0800)

thanks and no problem :)

By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2012-01-31 14:36:58 PST (-0800)

I things are still a little more confused here then just stating an id, and not sure you want to stating much about these in a mushroom of the day/week/month, since things are more than a bit confused. But, yes, the main difference is the cap surface, which is viscid in these, and not in L. rubidus. Which is very clear, unless it is really wet out. Also there is the orange-brown here, which is a different shade of brown than the L. rubidus, but that only helps if you know and care about shades of brown.

But there is L. luculentus which gets used kinda randomly, there is also L. subflammeus, and L. subviscidus, and not sure people really know how to id the difference there. And in Europe there is another whole set of names on these orange-brown white latex Lactarius. And that is stuff off the top of my head, I believe there are a few more names in use than that.

white and milky latex
By: David Rust (incredulis)
2012-01-31 14:30:21 PST (-0800)

Hi Britney,

Besides the changing of latex from white to opaque, the distinction we make between rubidus and luculentus is the smoothness of the cap. Candy caps have a “nubbly” texture when you run a finger (or thumb) over the cap surface.

I’d like to use this obsie as the mushroom of the day on BAMS. Thank you for posting.


By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-12-06 11:48:16 PST (-0800)

latex white and milky instantly, not rubidus.

Douglas Fir
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-12-06 11:44:14 PST (-0800)

this section of Providence block has planted douglas fir, around 7-10 years old.

By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-12-06 11:40:38 PST (-0800)

then what am I eating? Is the power of suggestion and desire making a fool of me?

Probably not candy caps
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2011-12-06 11:38:53 PST (-0800)

Lactarius rubidus has’t been found that far north, according to the distribution map, and the latex is too white for that species.

yes zack!
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-12-06 11:38:33 PST (-0800)

I took a nice bowl of them home to dry! That’s the only way I can smell that sweet delicious smell. Or…throw them out…:)

edit: The candy caps I do keep are usually much smaller.

By: zack mikalonis (zackm)
2011-12-06 10:39:01 PST (-0800)

you didn’t happen to take one along with you did you? Those look just like candy caps to me, and I find that they can often lack any smell when fresh, but then get super smelly when dried.

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