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Lactarius mushroom

Lactarius Wirrabara

Description:

A robust mushroom about 50mm wide. The cap was a brownish-green and was felty to touch. The stipe appeared to be eccentric but was probably not because some of the pileus was malformed and wedged against the log close to which it was growing. The stipe was also felty and coloured the same greeny brown. In stark contrast to the pileus and stipe were the beautiful white spaced gills. The gills were wet to touch and exuded a white milky "latex" seen in pics #3 & 4. Some of the gills were short. The mushroom was growing on the ground under a giant eucalyptus.

Habitat:

Damp eucalyptus forest

Notes:

This is stated to be an uncommon species. I was so excited about the white milky exudate and needed to examine this mushroom more closely. After making sure that there were at least two others growing in the spot, I removed this from the ground. The milky substance was not sticky and had a smooth feel when dried.

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Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.89, Long: 145.37

Spotted on Apr 7, 2012
Submitted on Apr 7, 2012

Spotted for mission

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