Mundane Brown Lactarius     SubSection

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 camphoratusDull-colored Lactarius     Section
Cap brown to light brown or greyish, sometimes with lilac tinges or spotted; often fading to buff; not scrobiculate, often umbonate

Mundane Brown Lactarius     SubSection     


Narrow down your identification:

Lactarius fumosus
Cap up to 4" across; light yellowish brown to various shades of coffee or smoky-colored
Latex white, slowly staining gills pinkish
Spore print pinkish buff

Lactarius gerardii
Cap up to 5" across, brown to tan; margin often pleated in maturity
Stem concolorous with cap, except at the top where it becomes white and pleated
Gills distant
Taste acrid (sometimes slowly)

Lactarius maculatus
Cap up to 7" across; some combination of greyish, brownish and pale lilac; concentrically zonate and spotted, especially near the margin
Stalk concolorous or lighter; scrobiculate
Latex whitish, staining tissues lilac