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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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