Saffron Milk Cap

  • cap has concentric orange zones
  • flesh exudes orange milk when cut
  • flesh and gills turn dark red, then eventually green when cut
  • spore deposit is creamy yellow
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Look-alikes in Alberta

The poisonous and/or acrid L. repraesentaneus, L. torminosus , L. rufus and L. scrobiculatus are similar in appearance. They differ in that the cut flesh exudes a white rather than orange milk and does not eventually discolor to greenish. The not-recommended L. helvus differs in that the cap has a salmon/pink color, the spore deposit is tan, the cut flesh oozes a colorless, watery milk, and the odor is liquorice-like. The edible but rare L. rubrilacteus differs in that the cap and latex are more reddish.

Related topics: Edible Berries of Alberta - Edible Plants of Alberta
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