Lactarius salmonicolor identification

About mushroom

The term "salmonicolor" comes from the Latin and means with the colour of raw salmon flesh.

This species, like all the Lactarius with red milk, in some zones is quite sought after for culinary purposes and this has created several local or dialectal names.


Cap : 4 - 12 cm, initially convex, then flat and finally depressed, almost funnel-shaped in the ripe fungus, much fleshy, of irregular shape, at times lobate, gibbous; margin inrolled in the young fungus for long time, then extended, flexuous, regular or just wavy, not striated. The surface is smooth, glabrous, greasy when the weather is humid, otherwise bright, at times there are evident signs of zones; of salmon, orange-reddish, colour, with concentric humid spots.

Hymenium: thick gills, adnate-decurrent, often forked when close to the stipe; intercalated with several lamellules; of pale orange or orange only colour, they stain at times of violet on the lesions, rarely greenish by the end.

Stipe: 2-8 × 1-3 cm.

Flesh: thick, firm, whitish, cream-pale orange without hues of green, turning after about one hour brown-reddish, it may be also immutable. Pleasant smell, mild flavour.

Latex: rather scarce, orange-reddish, immutable even is isolated, sourish taste.

Habitat: it grows in summer and in autumn, mainly under fir, also mixed to beech or spruce.

Microscopy: spores clearly ellipsoidal, warty, with some isolated warts, others forming crests, isolated or forming an incomplete reticulation, 7-9 × 6-7,5 µm.

Cylindraceous basidia, sub-clavate, tetrasporic, 53-61 × 10-12 µm.

Fusiform cistydia, thinned at the top, acuminate, 52-70 × 6-7 µm.

Remarks : it’s an easy to recognize species due to the habitat, it grows mainly under Abies alba, due to the yellow-orange latex, the salmon coloured cap, the slimy cuticle with humid weather, the zonation at the margin almost absent and the fact of not turning green.

Lactarius salmonicolor photos

More info about Lactarius salmonicolor mushroom

Fungus colour:
sanguinello, fungo del sangue, actaire couleur de saumon, níscalo de abetal, pinetell d’abet, rebollón de abeto, rebichuelo de abete, milky agaric, Lachs-Reizker
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