Rufous Milkcap - Lactarius rufus
Cap is 4 to 10 cm in diameter and dark reddish-brown. They have a finely matt surface when dry and are slightly sticky in wet weather. Convex at first, the caps become funnel-shaped as the fruiting body matures. There is often a small central umbo once the cap has expanded and become funnel shaped. The pale reddish-cream gills are weakly decurrent and crowded. As they mature, the gills tend to become blotchy. The flesh has a fiery hot taste.
Usually found with conifers but has been reported with birch in the south of the country.
August to November.
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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