Found growing under coast live oak trees.
One of many emerging beneath several coast live oaks. Note white latex when gills damaged and slightly darker pitting on stalk.
Didn't get photo. Mushrooms were dried out, and I'd seen the same species there in fresh condition a couple weeks earlier - since I saw it on 4/20, I'm still noting it for the Tilden Bioblitz species list.
Did a double take when I saw this because at first glance I thought it was a discarded bagel! Saw it on a rainy day. Same size and color as a bagel.
Lactarius alnicola, commonly known as the golden milkcap, is a species of fungus in the Russulaceae family. The fruit bodies produced by the fungus are characterized by a sticky, vanilla-colored cap up to 20 cm (7.9 in) wide with a mixture of yellow tones arranged in faint concentric bands. The stem is up to 5 cm (2.0 in) long and has yellow-brown spots. When it is cut or injured, the mushroom oozes a white latex, which has an intensely peppery...