- Scientific name
- Lactarius xanthogalactus
- Common names
- IUCN Specialist Group
- Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
- Assessment status
- Assessment date
- IUCN Red List Category
- Siegel, N.
- Mueller, G.M.
is a very common milk cap, occurring in both conifer and hardwood forests across California and Oregon, USA. The species is widespread, and no decline has been observed. It is listed as Least Concern (LC).
This species was described as Lactarius xanthogalactus
, from a collection made at Stanford University (Peck 1907). However, this name was rarely used, and collections of this species were referred to as Lactarius chrysorheus
and Lactarius vinaceorufescens
(Hesler and Smith 1979, Arora 1986). Research into California Lactarius
(Methven 1997) clarified the taxonomic issues.
This species is very common across most of the forested low and mid elevation parts of California and southern Oregon, USA, but is only occasional north through Oregon. It is also found in northern Baja California, Mexico.
Population and Trends
The population is widespread, in many different habitat types. It occurs in both conifer and hardwood forests in coastal and low montane forests across California, with no sign of decline.
Population Trend: stable
Habitat and Ecology
It is ectomycorrhizal with hardwoods, especially oaks (Quercus
spp.) and Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus
), and conifers, especially Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii
). It is very common in young to mature forest across California.
No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.
No specific conservation actions are needed with regards to this species, and no specific research is currently needed either.
Use and Trade
No use/trade is known.
Source and Citation
Siegel, N. 2021. Lactarius xanthogalactus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T195922088A195926531. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-2.RLTS.T195922088A195926531.en
.Accessed on 29 September 2023