Several patches were collected, mostly on the side of trail growing in the duff underneath douglas-fir. Latex bleeds milky white beads, unchanging, but has a more watery appearance when touched and rubbed between fingers. Odor and taste mild in the field, becoming pronounced and maple-y when sauteed and a bit more so after one night of drying. Out of hundreds collected, only 6-8 specimens were collected from underneath pine.


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By: REV0 (REV0#kadavur)
2014-02-15 12:19:16 PST (-0800)

I have collected L. fragilis from the same area. Tasty! Mostly under live oak, but trailed off underneath fir and the pines… was among MANY death caps and several western grisette’s. Based on the description of the maple scent and the appearance I would say L. rubidus… the white latex unchanging is a bit suspicious however. Either way, there are definitely candy caps in the area!

Mixed collection
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2012-03-24 21:32:36 PDT (-0700)

incredulis just informed me off-list that a large proportion of the collection made here was L. luculentus.

So to be clear here: the voting on names is reflecting two different information sets: what’s shown in the photos, and what incredulis and trepverter actually saw/collected.

The first and last photos show pretty classic L. rubidus, while the middle photo contains a few fruitbodies that look like L. luculentus.

Yep – Candy Caps
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2012-03-24 11:56:58 PDT (-0700)

Notice that these differ from Ron’s mushrooms in that they have a paler, wrinkled, dry cap (not shiny and smooth and redder), and have a bit clearer milk.

Can grow with D-fir, pine, oak.

That said, it’s good to check every one if you are a beginner – they can sometimes grow intermixed with other orange Lactarius