Birch Milkcap - Lactarius tabidus


    Convex, then depressed, often with a narrow central bump, usually finely wrinkled, margin sometimes lined, yellow-brown to orange-brown, to about 4 cm across. Gills are sub-decurrent, crowded, pale orange to yellowish, sometimes pinkish. The small size range and the association with birch are good indicators.  If the milk is tested on a white handkerchief or paper tissue it dries bright yellow in a few seconds.

    Identification difficulty

    In deciduous woods, favouring Birch.

    When to see it

    Late summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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