Lactarius citriolens    Pouzar 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Incertae sedis/Russulales/Russulaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Russulales/Russulaceae  

synonyms: Lactarius cilicioides 

edibility : poisonous

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photo gallery of  Lactarius citriolens potential confusions with  Lactarius citriolens toxicity of Lactarius citriolens genus Lactarius  

The cap is pallid yellow to dull yellow, convex then depressed; its margin is inrolled and hairy. The cap surface is slightly banded, hairy, especially at the margin, rather viscid.

The stem is concolorous with cap, whitish to ochre-yellow, slightly tapering towards base, smooth and without blotches, hard then hollow, without ring.

The flesh is pale yellow, turning yellow or reddish when cut; its taste is hot, acrid and bitter; the odour is fruity, complex, of lemongrass, pelargonium or chicory; its texture is grainy (breaking like a chalk stick), exuding when cut a white milk, turning sulphur yellow in a few seconds.

The gills are pale pink to ochre-buff, yellowing, turning reddish when bruised, adnate to slightly decurrent, close . The spore print is pallid ochre (D-F). This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in deciduous or mixed woods, on a rather calcareous soil, with birch.

The fruiting period takes place from September to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 14 cm (between 10 and 20 cm)
  height of stem approximately 7 cm (between 4 and 10 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 30 mm (between 20 and 45 mm)

Chemical tests : mild reacting orange yellow to potash.

Distinctive features : pale yellow cap, with inrolled and hairy margin but only slightly banded; fruity odour, of lemongrass; exuding a white milk, turning quickly sulphur-yellow when exposed to air; with birch

Lactarius citriolens is quite rare and localised in the forest of Rambouillet, and is quite rare, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Lactarius citriolens in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Lactarius citriolens in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18