Golden Milkcap? (Lactarius alnicola?) LaBagh Woods Chicago Cook County IL July 2016 Week #29 Jeff Skrentny IMG_2841
Golden Milkcap? (Lactarius alnicola?) LaBagh Woods Chicago Cook County IL July 2016 Week #29 Jeff Skrentny IMG_2843
Solitary bright red-orange fruiting body c.30 mm tall, growing out of dense turves of Leucobryum javanicum. Pileus 28-30 mm diameter, smooth, dish-shaped, central depression red rest of structure red-orange; gills pale pink to almost white, stipe orange.
Very peppery tasting, not green when dried, paper not staining, spore print white
Lactarius, growing in mixed red//mountain beech forest
Lactarius is a genus of mushroom-producing fungi. The genus, collectively known commonly as milk-caps, are characterized by the fact that they exude a milky fluid ('latex') if cut or damaged. Like the genus Russula, with which they are grouped in the family Russulaceae, their flesh has a distinctive brittle consistency.