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October's Mushroom of the Month
While on our annual Upper Peninsula hunt near L’anse and
Baraga just below the Keewenaw Peninsula, an unusual
mushroom was found in one foray.
There were two small, 1 to 2 inches tall,
mushrooms with very velvety dark brown caps.
The smaller one was quite anomalous as its umbo
had become attached to the cap of the larger mushroom
and had grown in a way that yielded a ½ inch cap with a
½ inch umbo.
When I started to try to identify the mushroom, I
accidently nicked the gills of the larger mushroom.
To my surprise the mushroom gave off a white
never would have started in the genus Lactarius except
for this fortunate accident.
Given a starting point the mushroom ws relatively
easy to identify.
The dark brownish velvety cap of Lactarius fallax ranges
from 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 8 cm.) wide with an umbo
(outie) when young.
As the mushroom ages and flattens the umbo is
With age the outer margin becomes wavy or ribbed.
The white to yellowish, crowded to narrow gills
are slightly decurrent (running down the stem).
The latex is white and unchanging.
The brownish stem ranges from 1 to 1 ½ inches (25
to 40 mm..) high and 1/8 to ½ inch wide. The stem is
paler at the base.
The odor is mild and the tast is mild to somewhat
The spore print is pale yellow.
The range is given as from Alaska to Idaho and
small mushroom matches the description quite well and I
believe it does grow in far Northern Michigan.