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Blue-staining species of Lactarius subgenus Plinthogali in Malaysia

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Lactarius subgenus Plinthogali is represented in Peninsular Malaysia by a striking group of species with bluing latex or context. Three new species with such color reaction are proposed and formally described here: Lactarius cyanescens, L. lazulinus and L. mirabilis. Two more species are described and illustrated because they show distinct differences in spore morphology, but no name is proposed because ofinsufficient macroscopic information. A blue discoloration is very rare in the whole genus Lactarius (only in the group of L. indigo) and was unknown for the subgenus Plinthogali until now. It is extraordinary that in Malaysia, to which this color reaction seems to be restricted, at least five different taxa share this character.
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Keywords: BIODIVERSITY; BIOGEOGRAPHY; DIPTEROCARP FOREST; LATEX; RUSSULACEAE

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: 2007-12-01

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