Lactifluus gymnocarpoides (Ubutuntutuntu)
Lactifluus gymnocarpoides (Photo: Annemieke Verbeken)
Lactifluus gymnocarpoides (Verbeken) Verbeken
Ubutuntutuntu (eastern Burundi), kpahu alama (crackling with milk, Nagot), dikookon (Ditammari), katadji (put on potash for preparation, fulfuldé), geingi (Bariba)
Widespread and not yet evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Miombo woodland, riparian forest, dry coastal forest, savannah woodland, riverine forest, semi-evergreen forest.
About this species
Lactifluus is a genus of fungus commonly known as milk caps, as they often exude latex (milky fluid) when cut. Until recently they were classified as Lactarius. Lactifluus is well represented in tropical Africa and Madagascar with 58 accepted species, although the full count is probably more than 80.
The genus was recently split from Lactarius after it was demonstrated that Lactarius and Russula (Russulaceae) are paraphyletic (ie some but not all members of the group are descended from the same common ancestor) and that they should be divided among four distinct genera: Russula, Lactarius, Lactifluus and Multifurca.
Lactarius phlebophyllus ss. Morris (1990)