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Lactarius rubrilacteus Mushroom
Ref No: 9181
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Lactarius rubrilacteus2 Mushroom
Ref No: 9182
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location: North America
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: Green, Orange
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Simple stem
flesh: Flesh exudes coloured latex (milk) when cut, Flesh discolours when cut, bruised or damaged, Flesh granular or brittle
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Lactarius rubrilacteus Smith & Hesler. Cap 6-12cm across, broadly convex to flat with a depressed disc and inrolled margin, becoming broadly funnel-shaped with upturned and wavy margin; bright carrot orange or dull pinky-orange with green stains or patches in older specimens, arranged in concentric bands of color; smooth, sticky. Gills adnate to short decurrent, close to crowded, narrow to moderately broad; light, dull pinky-brown to dull purple-red, stained greenish in age. Stem 20-60 x 10-30mm, firm and rigid, hollow, slightly tapering toward the base; similar color to cap; sometimes pitted. Flesh dirty yellowish white, staining green with age. Latex dark scarlet to purple-red in young specimens, paler and more orangy red in older specimens, scanty. Odor very faintly aromatic. Taste mild or a little bitter. Spores broadly ellipsoid, amyloid, 7.5-9 x 6-7.5μ; ornamented with warts and bands forming a partial reticulum, prominences 0.2-0.4 high. Deposit cream. Habitat scattered to gregarious under conifers, especially pine. Common. Found widely distributed in western North America. Season June-October. Edibility not known - avoid.

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