Hot Orange Lactarius     Section

Cortinarius husseyiKey to Gilled Mushrooms     Key
This is a key to gilled mushrooms, that is, mushrooms having a definite cap with a fertile surface consisting of gills. The fruiting body usually also has a stem, although that may be lateral or absent (usually, then, the mushroom is growing from wood). You can use this key to identify mushrooms that you find.

Russula paludosaRussulales     Suborder
Flesh without fibers, fracturing with the same sort of break as a piece of chalk
Spore and gill color limited to white, yellow, or ochre
Mycorrhizal: occuring only on the ground, and only when there are trees nearby
No ring or volva on stalk
All fleshy-stemmed mushrooms whose gills exude a latex when cut go here

PseudoDeliciosusLactarius     Genus
Fruiting bodies (especially the gills) exuding a liquid (called a latex) when broken
Stalk (and sometimes even gills) usually concolorous with cap

Lactarius psammicolaOrange Lactarius     Subgenus
Cap orange or yellowish orange
Latex usually orange or yellow

Hot Orange Lactarius     Section     

Lactarius psammicola



This picture will serve well for any of the species in this group; they have to be distinguished by means other than the appearance of the cap

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Yellow Latex Lactarius     SubSection

Lactarius chrysorheus
Latex white, quickly turning bright yellow
Flesh not changing color when cut or bruised
Spore print pale yellow

Lactarius croceus
Cap usually deeper orange than the other choices, and more vaguely (if at all) zonate; sticky when young
Flesh and latex white, quickly changing to deep yellow
Taste bitter to acrid
Spore yellowish
Under hardwoods

Lactarius psammicolaLactarius psammicola
Cap margin fringed with hairs
Latex white, scanty
No color changes
Under hardwoods

Lactarius vinaceorufescens
Latex white, quickly turning bright yellow, and staining gills (especially) reddish brown
Spore print white to yellowish
Under pine

Lactarius zonarius
Cap strongly zonate
Gills buff to yellowish, bruising brownish
Stem buff to yellowish brown; bruising like gills
Latex white, drying grey or brownish grey on gill edges
Odor sometimes strong, pungent to fruity
Spore print ochre
Under hardwoods, especially oak