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

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