Lactarius salmonicolor

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Lactarius salmonicolor R. Heim & Leclair (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 3–12cm across, convex then centrally depressed; beautiful bright orange, lightly zoned; fleshy. Stem 15–50×10–25mm; concolorous with the cap, but lighter, pitted with darker patches; hollow. Flesh creamy, but quickly discolouring orange; thick; taste mild then acrid after a while, smell fruity to disagreeable. Gills adnate; pinkish-buff. Milk sparse, light; bright orange. Spores 9.5–11.5×7–9.5¼, elliptical; distinct network of narrow ridges. Spore print pale pinkish-buff. Habitat only with fir trees (Abies); late summer to early winter. Rare. Not edible.

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