|Lactarius subvernalis var. cokeri
|This mushroom exhibits a dizzying degree of cap color and color pattern
variation. Luckily, it has other telling features that help in identification.
|The flesh of Lactarius subvernalis var. cokeri undergoes a color change
when exposed to air; this specimen changed from white to pink in two
minutes and from pink to reddish-pink in fifteen minutes.
|When cut, Lactarius subvernalis var. cokeri will
exude a white milky latex that does not change
color, although the area cut will change to pinkish.
|Another feature of this milk cap that can vary
is gill attachment, sometimes appearing
adnate and sometimes decurrent.
|These microscopic cells
(cheilocystidia) appear on the gill
edges of Lactarius subvernalis var.
|See Lactarius subvernalis var. cokeri at