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Orange Milk Cap

Lactarius subflammeus


Bright orange mushroom with pale orange gills and stipe. The gills exuded a lot of white latex when damaged. Stipe also a bit spongy, as with most Lactarius. Kind of chemical tasting/acrid to bitter latex. Tasteless at first then kicks in after a few seconds


in a grassy area near a parking lot and some Sitka spruce trees.


Note: taste and spit test can be an important identification tool for identifying mushrooms. Mushrooms should never be swallowed when doing this test, only tasted and then spit out. Wild mushrooms almost always need to be cooked before consumed even when edible.

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Machi 2 months ago

Tukup, I don't do it for all mushrooms. Mostly if I am really curious. It is safe to do this with even toxic mushrooms, as long as you do not swallow any of the mushroom. I have only really tried this on a few species I didn't know, as many mushrooms are identifiable without, or I can live without knowing! haha

Tukup 2 months ago

Do you perform a taste test on all mushrooms, or do you know which ones won't kill you, at least not right away? Great find Machi. Thanks.

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Kodiak, Alaska, USA

Lat: 57.81, Long: -152.36

Spotted on Oct 31, 2019
Submitted on Dec 17, 2019

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