Lactarius     Genus

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

Lactarius     Genus     Persoon: S. F. Gray




A lot of the mushrooms in this genus will fit more than one choice in the key. For example, you may have a sticky orange Lactarius, and there's a choice for both the sticky and the orange Lactarii. Don't worry about this: just pick either one, and it'll merge up with the other later on in the key

Narrow down your identification:

BlueCap Lactarius     Section

Lactarius atroviridisDark Brownish Green Lactarius     Section

Lactarius camphoratusDull-colored Lactarius     Section

Mild White Lactarius     Subgenus

Lactarius psammicolaOrange Lactarius     Subgenus

Lactarius subvellereusPeppery Lactarius     Subgenus

Slimy Lactarius     Subgenus

Lactarius volemusVelvety Lactarius     Subgenus

Lactarius lignyotis
Cap up to 4" across; deep black at first, fading to brown in age; gradually umbonate; often wrinkled
Latex white, abundant, staining cut surfaces reddish
Spore print bright ochre
On the ground and among mosses in conifer woods and sphagnum bogs