Lactarius decipiens    Quél. 

common name(s) : Deceptive Milk Cap 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Incertae sedis/Russulales/Russulaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Russulales/Russulaceae  

synonyms: Lactarius theiogalus ss.Rick 

edibility : inedible

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photo gallery of  Lactarius decipiens potential confusions with  Lactarius decipiens toxicity of Lactarius decipiens genus Lactarius  

The cap is brown pink, reddish orange, with a central umbo. The cap surface is smooth, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is same colour as cap, without ring.

The flesh is whitish, turning yellow when exposed to air; its taste is mild then bitter then acrid; the odour is of geranium; its texture is grainy (breaking like a chalk stick), exuding when cut a white milk, turning yellow in 30mns.

The gills are yellow to flesh pink, decurrent, crowded (nb of gills per 90° ~ 24 ). The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows in dry deciduous or coniferous woods, with hornbeam, oak, beech, or various coniferous or deciduous trees.

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 5 cm (between 2 and 7 cm)
  height of stem approximately 6 cm (between 2 and 8 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 8 mm (between 3 and 10 mm)

Distinctive features : ochre-pink to flesh-buff cap, not banded; white milk turning yellow slowly when exposed to air (from 1 to 30 mns according to authors, straw-yellow in 10mns), mild then bitter and very acrid; odour of pelargonium; on dry grounds

Lactarius decipiens is infrequent and widely present in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Lactarius decipiens in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Lactarius decipiens in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18