Red Hot 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 subvellereusPeppery Lactarius     Subgenus
Latex white, abundant in fresh specimens, extremely acrid
Cap up to 10" across; white to buff, sometimes with tinges of other colors
Gills sometimes extremely close

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Lactarius rufus



The specimens in the picture are browner than most; I just put them in so if you get something unusually brown, you won't be turned away

Narrow down your identification:

Lactarius rufusLactarius rufus
Cap dark brick-red to reddish brown; margin inrolled at first, becoming uplifted
Flesh dingy reddish to purplish tan, slowly staining olive-grey in FeSO4
Under pines or in sphagnum bogs
Spore print cream to pale yellow

Lactarius torminosusLactarius torminosus
Cap pink to red, furry, zonate; margin fringed with white hairs
Usually under birch