Lactifluus gerardii var. subrubescens (Smith & Hesler) Hesler & Smith

Photograph by R. E. Halling ©, 1996

Another member of the subg.Gerardii, this species is of north temperate origin also. The dark brown colors, distant lamellae, along with some microscopic characters help to distinguish the species. The variety illustrated here has a white latex that stains tissues pink when the basidiomata are injured, contrary to the type variety which also occurs in Costa Rica. We have encountered var. subrubescens in most montane oak forests.

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