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Hi there,

Found these mushrooms in mixed forest (fir and others), 300 m altitude. The first bunch was griwing under a tree with dead branches around. The second bunch (last two photos) under a cut log and branches. Maybe they were growing ON a dead branch, but sadly i aint sure. Could they be pleurotus? Or some kind of cantharella? I ve never seen this type of shroom at this mountain before...







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I think these are a species of Lactarius. Mushrooms representing this genus contain a liquid "latex". The color and amount of the latex varies. My guess is the mushrooms seen here have orange latex, but in a small amount. To see this you may need to slice the mushroom and then gently press your finger against the cut flesh. If my proposal is correct, then a tiny bit of orange liquid will appear on your finger.

There are other possibilities, including Lactarius with white latex or maybe Hygrophoropsis (no latex). 

I don't think these are either Pleurotus or Cantharellus. 

A photo with a direct view of an underside may help. 

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Ok, thanks Dave! I ll go back tomorrow. and check them out again - and take new photos, i guess. It is the first time i see a Lactarius like that. It is far different than the L. Deliciosus and The L. Salmonicolor that i m used to...

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Well, continuing the discussion, i went back and took pictures from the mushrooms. I also have photos of Lactarius i found. I think they are really different. Maybe the photos in the first post were not really good. Here we see that the color is not orange shades like the lactarius. The stem is also really different - the lactarius has something like marks on its stem. The other mushroom not. Also, the gills of unknown mushroom go down the stem. In the first four photos we see the unknown mushroom. In the rest we see it next to a Lactarius - L. Sanguifluus, i think.










The photos got uploaded in different order, i m sorry about that. But i think u see the differences

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Could you specify which photos seen in the last post show the Lactarius sanguifluus? Is it the mushroom on the left in the top two photos? 

I think I may see some beads of white liquid on the gills of some of these mushrooms (not the one of the left, top two photos). So, maybe the ones with the smooth shiny brownish caps are a species of Lactarius that has white latex? 

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Unfortunately the photos got mixed up while uploading... In the top two photos, the Lactarius is the one on the left. In general, it has paler color, with more shades of orange. The stem has those characteristic "marks" on it, that u can see in photos 2 and 3 from the end.

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Some species of Lactarius produce mushrooms that have the "potholes" on the stems. The technical word used to describe this feature is the adjective "scrobiculate". A scrobiculate stem shows the potholes. You are correct to point out this is a key feature in distinguishing the various species in genus Lactarius. Some Lactarius mushrooms do not have the potholes; and instead the stems are smooth. I think the brown mushrooms in your photos may be a species of Lactarius that has smooth stems. In the very last photo above, I think I see small drops of white liquid on the gills. If this is true, then these mushrooms are a species of Lactarius that has white latex; probably an inedible type. 

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