Observation 88482: Lactarius Pers.

Big soggy white looking Lactarius after 24 hours of rain associated with hurricane Irene. Probably to impossible to identify due to condition.

But it is large – about 5" across. There are rings like L. delicious on the cap. There is a recurved margin. The gills are closed and bleed a translucent-white latex. There are overtones of pink and pale red-brown where bruised.

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: or something similar.. which are the possible hosts?

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By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-03-04 11:24:23 PST (-0800)

I will have to think about your offer of assigning blame for hurricane Irene.., I don’t like to fool with mother nature!

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2012-03-04 09:55:16 PST (-0800)

(or willow) as host, and the pinkish hue on the gills (and a quite acrid taste) are characters that point towards controversus. Do you want to thank me, or blame me, for the rain? :-)

Oak, maple, and Tulip poplar
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-03-04 09:48:44 PST (-0800)

are regular there, box elder and beech, too. I am afraid I can’t be more specific than that. The immediate area is a favorite of both Bolete and Chantrelle – in fact, it is unusually so in that regard.

It certainly looks to me like:

Paul, if it helps, I added two photos straight from the field that I have not cropped or added mid-tone contrast. I often do this to remove the glare from a flash or even the sky. It is supposed to make it more like it really looked, but you know, the color may be enhanced a bit.

Martin, The reason
By: Paul Sadowski (pabloski)
2012-03-04 08:43:45 PST (-0800)

I ask is that I am intrigued by the soffron discoloration evident in the photos. I found a lactarius that was chalky white and started bruising saffron bu the time I got it to the accession area. The milk was quite acrid.

If someone come in with an ID from your photo it could help me ID mine.

Did not taste
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-03-03 12:26:14 PST (-0800)

I was in a panic to photograph everything. That is why I have to spend so much time now to educate myself. This year hopefully, I will slow down.

Was the milk
By: Paul Sadowski (pabloski)
2012-03-03 10:14:18 PST (-0800)


By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-03-03 08:21:18 PST (-0800)

These look like the big whites you found 2011 on August 13. Do you think they are the same thing?

Created: 2012-03-03 08:20:40 PST (-0800)
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