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Mycorrhizal with conifers and hardwoods; found growing alone, scattered, or gregariously. Widely distributed in eastern North America through the spring, summer, and fall. Often found on steep slopes. Cap ½ - 5 cm; convex, turning broadly convex to centrally depressed with age; smooth; moist to touch; centrally rusty brown, radially turning cinnamon to pale brown, pale pink to buff margins with age. Gills subdecurrent to decurrent; buff to pale pink, turning a darker pale cinnamon with age. 1 ½ - 5 cm long; ½ - 1 cm thick. Pale rusty brown at base; buff to pale pink, becoming paler toward apex. Milk color whitish to a watery white. Odor sweet, reminiscent of maple syrup, odor becomes stronger when specimens are dried. The extract of this species has broad prospects of natural antiseptic uses (Ling et al. 2000). Two specimens were observed exhibiting an interesting form of possible anastomosis of their caps as seen in the bottom left corner of image provided above. ID number: 28.26.01.2021
White, Kathleen R.; Jergensen, Jacqueline A.; and Lam, Ada, "Lactarius camphoratus" (2021). Mycological Herbarium of Macrofungi from the East Brook Valley. 79.