Syn. Lactarius volemus. The color varies from apricot to tawny, and the cap may be up to 4.5 inches wide. The pale golden yellow gills on the underside of the cap are closely spaced and sometimes forked. One of the mushroom's most distinctive features is the large amount of latex that it exudes when the gills are damaged.
A mycorrhizal fungus, its fruit bodies grow on the ground at the base of various species of trees from summer to autumn, either individually or in groups.