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Leucopaxillus albissimus
large white Leucopaxillus

Distribution: Widespread, though uncommon

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Identification Notes:

L. albissimus is a large, all-white (albissimus means whitest in Latin), widespread though not especially common, fungus that grows with conifers. Several varieties have been described based on spore characteristics, cap color, and taste, but the concepts are not always easy to apply to collected specimens. The refusal to rot is probably the most distinctive characteristic of L. albissimus; however, the biological basis for this trait is not yet understood. The tough texture, combined with the unpleasant odor and taste, make it inedible.

Accepted Name:
Leucopaxillus albissimus (Peck) Singer

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Leucopaxillus albissimus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Leucopaxillus albissimus photos.

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