Lactarius evosmus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Lactarius evosmus Kühner & Romagn. (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 3.5–10cm across, convex with a central funnel-shaped depression, margin inrolled and hairless; pale yellowish-buff at first with paler margin, later ochre-buff to reddish-ochre with several indistinct, darker concentric bands; slightly sticky. Stem 25–45×10–20mm; whitish to buff then ochre-buff, sometimes with indistinct spots; often hollow. Flesh whitish. Gills decurrent, narrow, crowded, forked near the stem; yellowish-buff, later ochre-buff. Milk white; taste very hot, smell of geraniums. Spores 7–9.5×5–7.2¼, ovate; warts mainly joined by ridges that tend to run across the spore, forming a partial network. Spore print buff (E–F). Habitat in deciduous woods, especially with oak; late summer to autumn. Very rare. Not edible. Note this was named L. zonarius (Bull. ex St. Amans) Fr. in my first book.