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Golden flocked Lactarius

Lactifluus clarkeae


Caps were a rich gold colour and felt dry and velvety. Larger ones were deeply depressed at the centre. Gills were white and freely spaced and very slightly decurrent. Stipe was thick and tinted gold/brown.
About 120mm tall and same wide.


Many of these were found under a canopy of ti-tree. The soil was very sandy and the ground was only covered with dry bark and leaf litter.


The ti-tree canopy was complete in this area and no other tree species were mixed. The area covered about 3000 square metres.
These could be confused with Lactifluus clarkeae but that one should show milky fluid freely running from the gills.
UPDATE: "Lachlan Tegart Mark, through DNA work we found that what was originally described as Russula flocktoniae is actually Lactarius clarkeae, which is now called Lacrifluus clarkeae. Milk isn't always a good spotting character because sometimes they don't make it if the conditions are dry"
Thanks Lachlan Tegart

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Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.60, Long: 149.73

Spotted on May 19, 2017
Submitted on Jun 15, 2017

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