Described by Hesler and Smith (1979) based on a Type collection from Oregon, USA. Before that, this species was called by the European name, L. sanguifluus.
Lactarius rubrilacteus is a very common species with a widespread population; occurring in young to mature Douglas-fir forests across western North America. Population appears very stable, no decline has been noted; it should be listed as Least Concern (LC).
Widespread in western North America; from central California, USA, in both coastal and montane forests, north throughout the Pacific Northwest into southern British Columbia, Canada, east into the Rocky Mountains, south into the Sky Islands in Arizona and New Mexico.
Lactarius rubrilacteusis a very common species with a widespread population; occurring in young to mature Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) forests. No decline has been observed.
Population Trend: Stable
Ectomycorrhizal with Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) in lowland to montane forests; occurring in a wide variety of forest types, in young to mature stands. Very common, fruiting in late summer into winter, depending on habitat.
No threats have been identified with regards to this species.
No specific conservation actions is needed with regards to this species.
No specific research is currently needed in regards to this species.
This species is edible, and occasionally collected for food.
Hesler, L.R. & Smith, A.H. 1979. North American Species of Lactarius. University of Michigan Press: Ann Arbor, MI. 841 p.
iNaturalist. 2021. Available at: http://www.inaturalist.org
Siegel, N. and Schwarz, C. 2016. Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast. Ten Speed Press: Berkeley, CA. 601 p.