Mild Milkcap - Lactarius subdulcis


    Cap is variable from reddish brown to dark cinnamon with a paler buff margin; convex, centre becoming depressed with a small umbo; 3 to 7cm across. Gills mature to a pinkish buff and are moderately crowded. Latex is white, unchanging; abundant; taste initially mild, becoming slightly bitter.

    Similar Species

    May be confused with Lactarius tabidus but that species is smaller and usually with birch, and the watery white milk of L. subdulcis does not dry yellow.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually found with beech but has also been recorded with oak and birch.

    When to see it

    August to November.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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