Fiery Milkcap - Lactarius pyrogalus

Description

It is pale at first becoming deep ochre yellow when mature and differentiated from other similar Lactarius by its widely-spaced, yellowish gills. It is found on the forest floor in mixed woodland, especially in association with hazel trees. The milk has a particularly hot taste - hence its common name!

 

Identification difficulty
Habitat

It is found on the ground in mixed woodland, especially under hazel trees and shrubs with which it has a strong association.

When to see it

Autumn.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map