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Lactarius luteolus
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Lactarius luteolus

Common Name: None

Synonyms: Lactarius foetidus

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwoods and Mixed Woods

Spore Color: White to cream

Gill Color: White to cream

Latex Color: White, sticky, stains fruitbody brown

Comments: 

The best way to quickly get to your ID with this mushroom is to smell it. There should be a fishy smell similar to Lactarius volemus. Other than that, the milk should be sticky, and stain the gills and the rest of the fruitbody a brown color. It also has close gills.

Lookalikes:  

Milk does not change:

Lactarius piperatus and L. glaucescens have crowded gills and lack a fishy smell. Lactarius deceptivus often a scaly cap surface. 

Milk changes color:

Lactarius maculatipes
 does has potholes on the stem and the milk changes yellow. Lactarius subvellereus has a velvety cap surface and milk that changes yellow. Lactarius chrysorreus has pinkish tones to the cap and yellowing milk. Lactarius resimus has a bearded margin when it is young and the milk changes yellow. It also usually has cinnamon spotting on the cap.

Pictures:

Lactarius luteolus

Lactarius luteolus

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