Lactarius gerardii var. subrufescenshas a dry, somewhat velvety, WRINKLED brownish cap with a small central umbo and have a somewhat scalloped margin. The white gills are fairly distant, of varying lengths and are decurrent and brown near the stipe apex. The white latex is voluminous and does not change color, but does stain gills and tissues vinaceous-pink-brown over time. The stem is brown like the cap and plicate at the apex. It hollows with age. It is found in both deciduous and coniferous woods in summer and fall. Taste is mild to acrid. It is easily confused with Lactarius lignyotus.