Distribution: Widespread, though uncommon
Conservation Status: Not of concern
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.