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Lactarius deliciosus var. deterrimus

Lactarius deliciosus var. deterrimus

Common Name: Orange-latex Milky

Synonyms: Lactarius deliciosus

Substrate: Wood 

Location: Conifer and Mixed forests

Spore Color: Pale

Gill Color:: Orangish

Latex: Orange, staining red then green


This name is wrong for many reasons, the primary one being that Lactarius deliciosus is a European name and it likely does not occur in the US.

The cap and gills of this mushroom start off orange. Damaged areas of the gills first turn reddish, then most of the mushroom will eventually turn green. There should not be potholes on the stem.

Said to be a good edible.


Lactarius deliciosus var. areolatus is a similar montane species. Lactarius thyinos does not bruise green. Lactarius chelidonium usually has blue tones to the cap. 


Lactarius deliciosus var. deterrimus

Lactarius deliciosus var. deterrimus

10/27/12 - Leonard Springs - Bloomington, IN