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.

Identification difficulty

Usually found with conifers but has been reported with birch in the south of the country.

When to see it

August to November.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Common names
Rufous Milkcap
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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
11/10/2015 (Watson, Ashley)
Last record:
11/10/2015 (Watson, Ashley)

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