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Lactarius hatsudake

Lactarius hatsudake Nobuj. Tanaka

Index Fungorum number: 223913

When fully grown, the medium to large sporocarps of L. hatsudake extend 3–10 cm in diameter, they’re broadly spherical when young and later become funnel-shaped. The striking characteristics are pale reddish to dirty brownish pink buff with more or less concentric zonation. The cap becomes slightly translucent when wet and opaque when dry; the gill  colour is a pale red when young, a pale to vinaceous red when mature and becoming ochraceous mixed with a green or bluish green when aged. The stalk is dull red and quite firm. The cap is the same colour and the species has hollow pith. This species exudes vinaceous red when injured, milk unchanging when exposed to the air, and flesh staining vinaceous red after cutting. The smell is sweetish, and the taste is mild. This species should not be confused in the field as it possesses some remarkable characteristicss i.e. milk and gill colour.


Use: This is one of the highly prized edible mushrooms in Japan and large parts of China and probably also in Korea and eastern Russia. But it is not known as an edible species in Thailand.

Time for fruiting: Normally appears in the rainy season from May to September.

Habitat: They mostly group on the ground and associate with Pinus kesiya.

Distribution: This species has been found in Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japan, Korea, the Bonin Island and eastern Russia.


Fig. 1 The basidiomata of Lactarius hatsudake in the field.





Mortimer P. E., X J., Karunarathna S. C. & Hyde K. D. 2014–Mushrooms for trees and people: a field guide to useful mushrooms of the Mekong region. Kunming: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).


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