Lactarius volemus (Luscious Lactarius)
North America, Europe
Cap 5-11 cm diameter, stem 4-12 cm tall * 1-3 cm diameter
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Lactarius volemus, also known as Luscious Lactarius, is a very fleshy, matte orange agaric that has a thin, cracking skin on its cap and a thick, velvety pale orange stem. When cut, its off-white, mild-tasting flesh produces white milk. Its fruit bodies grow on the ground at the base of various species of trees from summer to autumn, either individually or in groups.

Cap at first convex with an inrolled margin, becoming flat with a central depression, shallowly vase-shaped. The surface is dry and velvety, with a powdery matte texture and it is never sticky. It has a colour ranging from matte orange to red-brown. The flesh is white and slowly turns brown when sliced. Gills creamy white, broadly attached to the stem slightly extending downward and densely packed. Turns brown when bruised. White drops often hang under the gills. Stem is similarly coloured as the cap but more pallid. Tapers off and darkens towards the base. It has no ring. Spore print white.

Microscopic Features: Spores are typically subglobose or occasionally broadly ellipsoid, measuring 6.5-9.5 x 5.5-9 µ. They have ornamentation consisting of widely spaced amyloid ridges, forming completed reticula, with a height of 0.4-0.8 µ.

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