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Lactarius camphoratus

Lactarius camphoratus

Common Name: None


Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwoods or conifers

Spore Color: Whitish to pale yellow

Gill Color: Whitish to pale pinkish

Latex: White, unchanging


This Lactarius is fairly small and is distinguished by the small "nipple" in the center of the cap. Sometimes it is not readily apparent, but you can often feel it with your finger if you rub the center. 

The color of the cap is reddish brown or lighter. Fades to a dull brick red.

The odor intensifies as the mushroom is dried. 

Scientific Name: "camphoratus" = "sweet smell" 


Most of the lookalikes do not have the nipple (umbo) in the center of the cap. Lactarius mutabilis is larger. Lactarius quietus var. incanus and L. frustratus have a stem that darkens from the base upwards as it ages. Lactarius helvus (L. aquifluus) has a watery latex, a long stem and grows in conifer or mixed woods.

Lactarius oculatus lacks an odor an has an acrid latex. Lactarius rufus if often larger and also has an acrid latex. 


Lactarius camphoratus

9/24/12 - Paynetown SRA - Bloomington, IN

Lactarius camphoratus

Lactarius camphoratus

9/20/12 - Morgan Monroe State Forest - Morgan County, IN