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Lactarius splendens, a second species with white latex in Lactarius section Deliciosi. 2017. Nuytinck, J.; Verbeken, A.; Saar, I.; Lambert, H.; Bérubé, J.; Voitk, A. Botany 95:859-863.
Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 38414
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An uncommon, small, orange-capped Lactarius Pers. with white latex was confirmed, using molecular studies of the type specimens, to be Lactarius splendens Hesler & A.H. Sm. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the species falls within Lactarius section Deliciosi (Fr.) Redeuilh, Verbeken & Walleyn., very closely related to L. rubrilacteus Hesler & A.H. Sm. and L. porninsis Rolland. Hitherto L. porninsis was the only white-latex species known in the otherwise orange-latex section Deliciosi; both are associated with Larix Mill.
Plain Language Summary
The molecular and morphological studies carried out in this research led to the identification of the fungus Lactarius splendens belonging to the Lactarius genus. This fungus is very rare and rarely described in reference works.
It has only been found three times over a 12-year period in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and only twice in Quebec.