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Lactarius rufus.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Fuchsfarbener Milchling, Lactaire roux, Rõt tejelõgomba, rõt keserûgomba, Rufous Milkcap
Lactarius rufus F Mushroom
Ref No: 8693
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Lactarius rufus 3 Mushroom
Ref No: 9183
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Lactarius rufus var parvus Mushroom
Ref No: 9184
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Lactarius rufus2 Mushroom
Ref No: 9194
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: Yellow, Red or redish or pink, Orange
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Simple stem
flesh: Flesh exudes white or watery latex (milk) when cut, Mushroom has distinct or odd smell (non mushroomy), Flesh granular or brittle
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Lactarius rufus (Scop. ex Fr.) Fr. Rufous Milkcap, Lactaire roux, Fuchsfarbener Milchling, Rõt tejelõgomba, rõt keserûgomba, Lattario fulvo, Rossige melkzwam. Cap 3–10cm across, convex, later flattening, finally with a central depression, the centre usually with a pointed umbo, red-brown, bay or dark brick, moderately thick-fleshed, breaking fairly easily, surface dry and matt, margin somewhat inrolled at first. Stem 40–80 x 5–20mm, concolorous with cap but paler. Flesh white, stem often hollow when old. Gills somewhat decurrent, brittle, yellowish at first, later as cap but paler. Milk white; taste mild then after about a minute very hot and acrid. Spore print creamy whitish (B) with slight salmon tinge. Spores elliptic, warts occasionally isolated but mainly connected by thin ridges to form a rather incomplete network, 8–9.5 x 6.5–7.5µ. Habitat under pine. Season late spring to late autumn. Very common. Not edible although in some areas used as a seasoning after special treatment. (Never eat any mushroom until you are certain it is edible as many are poisonous and some are deadly poisonous.) Distribution, America and Europe.
Comment Lactarius rufus var. parvus Smith & Hesler is darker in color when wet, and the habitat seems to be confined to conifer logs, the third of my pictures shows this var.

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Mirosław Wantoch-Rekowski (Poland) - 23 February 2011

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Lactarius rufus2
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