Golden Milkcaps were very common under this stretch of roadside oaks.
Growing on soil under bushes. The season is winter with heavy rainfall. The bushes are near a dorm building. The area is well-shaded.
Most of the mushrooms are a bold buff-yellow with stalk and gills a more buff color than the caps. The stalks are typically 2cm wide and 3-4cm tall, but can we wider and shorter. The caps are mostly 7-9 cm tall and broadly funnel shaped, but can also be 4cm tall and depressed and planoconvex. White spore print only showing up in patches. The fruiting body is brittle but not delicate, and emits a scant white latex that stains yellow. The mushroom has a characteristic spicy taste.
Produces white latex when cut.
No oak around, just manzanita and toyon.
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...