Lactarius semisanguifluus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Lactarius semisanguifluus R. Heim & Leclair (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 3–7cm across, convex then centrally depressed with an inturned margin; a dull orange with green tints and lightly zoned; slightly viscid. Stem 20–50Γ—8–16mm; pale peachy orange, marking distinctly green; hollow. Flesh creamy coloured but discolouring quickly red-orange over time, darkening to vinaceous-red; thick; taste mild, similar to carrot, then bitter, smell sweetish. Gills adnate or a little decurrent; salmon, marking red from the milk then quickly green. Milk sparse, light; red-orange turning vinaceous-red. Spores 7.5–9.5Γ—6–8ΒΌ, elliptical; distinct network of narrow ridges only up to 0.5ΒΌ high. Spore print pale pinkish-buff. Habitat with pine trees on calcareous soil; late summer to early winter. Rare. Not edible. Note the milk is much more red at first than others in this group.

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