Lactarius camphoratus

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Lactarius camphoratus

15 August 2009 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Convex, then depressed, usually with a narrow central bump, reddish brown to orange brown, paler with age, smooth, to about 4 cm across

Gills

Adnate to slightly decurrent, pale reddish brown

Stem

Cylindrical, surface downy or smooth, concolorous with the cap

Flesh

Firm, pale reddish brown, milk plentiful, white, sometimes watery

Smell

Pleasant, sweet. The dried flesh smells strongly of powdered fenugreek seeds.

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

With deciduous and coniferous trees, favouring birch and pine

Spore Print

Cream

Microscopic Features

Spores sub-spherical, warty (6.5-8.5) x (5-7) µm2. Basidia 4 spored. Gill face cystidia lanceolate, with a pointed tip. Gill edge cystidia spindle shaped to cylindrical.

Edibility

Edible

Additional Photographs

Lactarius camphoratus

13 August 2009 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin