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Lactarius piperatus

 

Common Name: Peppery Milky

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Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: White

Comments: 

As the name suggests, this mushroom has a hot peppery taste when you try a peice of the flesh. It is often found along trails in well disturbed ground. The mushroom has an all white cap and stem. When you cut the gills, it should exude a white milky latex. Close gills.

Lookalikes:  

Lactarius glaucescens is very similar, but exudes a greenish latex when it is damaged. Lactarius deceptivus has a scaly cap. Russula brevipes does not exude a latex when cut.

Pictures:

Lactarius piperatus

7/14/11 - Griffy Reservoir - Bloomington, IN