Lactarius luteolus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Lactarius luteolus Peck syn. L. kuehnerianus Mal. (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 2.5–6cm across, convex; white to buff, becoming brownish in age, with a velvety, whitish bloom. Stem 25–60×5–12mm; whitish to buff, staining brown; stuffed, surface with a velvety bloom. Flesh whitish, staining brown. Gills adnate to subdecurrent, close, narrow to moderately broad; white, becoming brown from the latex, with age. Milk white-wheylike, plentiful, sticky, marking all parts brown with age; taste mild, smell fishy. Spores 7–8.5×5.5–6¼, elliptical; ornamented with isolated warts 0.3–0.8¼ high; amyloid. Spore print white to pale cream. Habitat Mediterranean, in deciduous woods, not recorded in Britain; autumn. Rare. Unknown edibility.

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