Definition of Genus Lactarius
1. Noun. Large genus of agarics that have white spore and contain a white or milky juice when cut or broken; includes both edible and poisonous species.
Generic synonyms: Fungus Genus
Group relationships: Agaricaceae, Family Agaricaceae
Member holonyms: Lactarius Delicioso, Milkcap
Lexicographical Neighbors of Genus Lactarius
Literary usage of Genus Lactarius
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Studies of American Fungi: Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, Etc by George Francis Atkinson (1900)
"LACTARIUS Fr. The genus Lactarius is easily distinguished from nearly all the other agarics by the presence of a milky or colored juice which exudes from ..."
2. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1900)
"The genus Lactarius contains a large number of species. The plants are more or less fleshy and are characterized by the presence of a milky juice contained ..."
3. The Natural History of Plants: Their Forms, Growth, Reproduction, and by Anton Kerner von Marilaun (1902)
"... eg species of the Star-Anise genus (Illicium anisatum and religiosum), and of the fungal genus Lactarius (Lactarius deliciosus and torminosus). ..."
4. A Text-book of Mycology and Plant Pathology by John William Harshberger (1917)
"LACTARIUS The distinguishing feature of the genus Lactarius is the presence of a white or colored milk, especially in the gills. The entire plant is brittle ..."
5. Fungi; Their Nature and Uses by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke (1880)
"The milky agarics, belonging to the genus Lactarius, are distinguished by the milky juice which is exuded when they are wounded. The spores are more or less ..."
6. Our Edible Toadstools and Mushrooms and how to Distinguish Them: A Selection by William Hamilton Gibson (1895)
"... which give unmistakable characters for their identification is the genus Lactarius, or milky mushrooms, another group of the agarics or gilled fungi, ..."