Bearded Milkcap - Lactarius pubescens

    Alternative names
    Downy Milkcap

    Cap is 4 to10cm across, convex then centrally depressed, margin inrolled and hairy, creamy white to flesh-pink, becoming more ochraceous with age often with slightly darker areas and usually without concentric banding. Gills slightly decurrent, crowded, whitish with a slight salmon tinge, darkening with age. Milk white; taste very hot.


    Identification difficulty

    Grows on soil in birch woods.

    When to see it

    Season late Summer and Autumn.

    Life History

    Associated with Birch, perhaps exclusively.

    UK Status

    Widespread and quite common in birchwoods.

    VC55 Status

    Not uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where the main sites for this species seem to be New Lount Reserve and Bagworth Heath Woods. At these two sites it can be quite frequent.

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