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Lactarius subvellereus

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I wrestled with the option of whether or not to try to identify and place names to my fungus images.  The study of fungi is done by specialists known as a "mycologists" who have many years of education and specialize in identification.  There are many techniques used to identify a mushroom and it simply cannot be done by visual inspection alone.  Incorrectly identifying a mushroom can have deadly consequences if eaten.

While I have tried to link images with fungus names, I am but a lay person and have used books and images to try to look up, categorize and name the species.  My identification should in no way be relied upon and may be completely inaccurate!

There are many toxic mushroom "look-alikes"  that resemble edible ones.  You should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES  rely up on any of these images to identify edible, toxic or medicinal organisms/plants.  Some mushrooms and fungi are DEADLY  poisonous and their effects do not show up until it is too late to save yourself.  YOU alone are responsible for properly identifying any mushrooms that you may be interested in.  I have attached names to images which I merely THINK resemble the species.

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Lactarius subvellereus

I shall share with you my identification process for this species...

Lactarius deceptivus, and Russula brevipes are two gilled mushrooms that are difficult to tell apart.  In fact, they often grow side by side.  The key to identification, is whether or not the species in question produces drops of milk when injured.  

Both species are initially white and then develop tan or brownish shades.  The gills bruise to a brown colour and the stem is short when compared to the cap.

Since in Image #3 we can clearly see drops of latex milk on the underside of the cap, we can fairly confidently identify this specimen is a Lactarius, but which kind?  Lactarius deceptivus is very similar to Lactarius subvellereus.

After more research, I've come to the conclusion that the images below are probably those of L. subvellereus.  While the cap of L. deceptivus develops brownish scales, and I see no evidence of this.

L. subvellereus fruits in the late summer and can grow to be very large.  Caps may be 4 - 15 cm wide with stems being 2 -5 cm long and up to 3.5 cm thick.  The margin of the cap is inrolled at first and even at maturity, there is still evidence of this feature.

 

Lactarius subvellereus white gilled mushroom latex milk

Lactarius subvellereus - 1
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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Lactarius subvellereus white gilled mushroom latex milk New York

Lactarius subvellereus - 2
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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White latex milk being emitted from lactarius subvellereus fungus mushroom

Lactarius subvellereus - 3
Note the latex milk being emitted from the injured gills identifying this
species as a type of Lactarius.
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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