Saffron Milkcap - Lactarius deliciosus


The caps are 6 to 17 cm in diameter; convex and then depressed; reddish orange, bruising green; surface granular becoming sticky when wet. Young caps have inrolled margins and are pinkish-orange. Older specimens are vase-shaped with sharpish rims, and they often develop faint pistachio-green irregular patches. The gills of this milkcap are shortly decurrent, crowded and bright orange, staining green when bruised. When cut, the gills release bright red-orange (carrot coloured) latex that eventually turns wine red. The stipe is similarly coloured to the cap but typically is pitted with small orange marks.

Similar Species

False Saffron Milkcap is similar but usually grows under Spruce, not Pine.

Identification difficulty

Usually under pine.

When to see it


UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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