Tanzanian mushrooms and their uses 6. Lactarius

Authors: Karhula, Päivi & Härkönen, Marja & Saarimäki, Tiina
Journal: Karstenia, Volume 38 (1998), Issue 2, pages 49-68.
Doi: https://doi.org/10.29203/ka.1998.330
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Key words: Africa, Agaricales, Lactarius, Tanzania, taxonomy

Seventy-two specimens of Lactarius were collected in Tanzania between 1990-1995. The material contained 27 species of which 15 had not been described. Two of these, Lactarius denigricans Verbeken & Karhula and L. densifolius Verbeken & Karhula have been described since then and three more species, L. xerampelinus Karhula & Verbeken, L. tanzanicus Karhula & Verbeken and L. volemoides Karhula are described here. In addition, all the identified species of Lactarius in Tanzania are listed and annotated. Many Lactarius species are considered edible in Tanzania although there are a range of opinions among the different tribes some of which are contradictory.