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Lactarius indigo

Common Name: Indigo Milky

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Substrate: Ground

Location: Conifer Woods

Spore Color: Cream

Gill Color: Light blue.

Comments: 

I usually only find this mushroom under conifers, but it can be found under oaks as well. As with all Lactarius, it exudes a latex when the gills are cut with a knife. However, what makes this mushroom very special to find is that the latex is a deep blue. The context of the cap will also produce a deep blue when it is exposed to the air. This is considered to be an edible mushroom, although it is often not rated as one of the best. 

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Lactarius indigo

9/23/12 - Leonard Springs - Bloomington, IN

Lactarius indigo

9/16/12 - Leonard Springs - Bloomington, IN

Lactarius indigo

Lots of Amanita muscaria and L. indigo growing together.

9/30/12 - Leonard Springs - Bloomington, IN

Lactarius indigo

 

Lactarius indigo

10/4/11 - Hoosier National Forest