Lactarius flavidus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Lactarius flavidus Boud. syn. L. aspideus var. flavidus (Boud.) Neuhoff. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 3–5cm across, flattened convex, later with a shallow depression, margin incurved, even, regular; uniformly pale straw to pale ochre-yellow, becoming livid purple 15 to 30 minutes after bruising, surface smooth, sticky when moist. Stem 25–60Γ—6–20mm; concolorous with cap or paler, similarly colouring on bruising; solid, hollow when old, smooth, sticky. Flesh very pale straw, becoming pale dull violet in around 15 minutes after exposure. Gills adnexed to slightly decurrent, crowded, frequently forked near stem; coloured as cap but slightly paler, similarly colouring on bruising. Milk abundant, white; taste mild at first, then hot. Spores 8.5–10Γ—7.5–9ΒΌ, elliptical; low warts joined by ridges to form a partial network. Spore print pale cream (B). Habitat with oak or beech on lime soils; late summer to autumn. Rare. Not edible.

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