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Lactarius pallescens
pale-capped violet-latex milk-cap

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Lactarius pallescens is a close relative of L. uvidus (Fries: Fries) Fries. Both species are medium-sized to large, produce copious white latex, and their flesh stains lilac when injured. L. pallescens has a viscid to slimy, white to grayish or grayish vinaceous cap, whitish gills that may be slightly decurrent, and viscid to slimy white stipe that is shiny when dry. All parts develop ochraceous to pale rusty stains in age. It can be found rather commonly in conifer forests throughout the PNW.

Identification Notes:

L. uvidus var. montanus Hesler and A. H. Smith is darker colored and occurs from the southern Rockies to Alaska.

Accepted Name:
Lactarius pallescens Hesler & A.H. Sm.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Lactarius pallescens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Lactarius pallescens photos.

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