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Lactarius deterrimus   (Orange milkcap)
Cap 3-10 cm diameter, stem 3-6 cm tall * 1.5 - 2 cm diameter

Lactarius deterrimus, also know as Orange milkcap, is a medium to large agaric that has smooth stem, pale carrot gills and exudes green staining orange milk. It grows by itself or in groups scattered throughout soil under conifers, particularly pine and spruce trees.

Cap first round with a slightly depressed center and rolled-in margin. Then shallow to funnel shaped. It has orange coloured zones that turn greener with age. Sticky or slippery when wet. Gills dense and slightly extending downward. Same colour as cap. Stem is similar in color as the cap, smooth, Tough, but at the same time delicate and fragile. Flesh dirty gray colored. It turns orange at the edges because of the carrot coloured milky liquid that escapes when broken. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Lactarius deliciosus which grows with pine trees and the poisonous Lactarius helvus.

Lactarius deterrimus on the First Nature Web site.
Lactarius deterrimus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.


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