Tawny Milkcap - Lactarius fulvissimus


Cap initially convex, expanding and eventually developing a central depression; 3 to 7 cm in diameter; surface dry or only slightly greasy, smooth to finely matt, becoming roughened towards the centre when fully mature; pinkish brick red at first, developing a yellowish tinge and becoming apricot.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Mycorrhizal, in broadleaf woodland, often under oaks, limes, hornbeams or beeches on base-rich soil.

When to see it

August to November in Britain and Ireland.

Life History

It usually fruits in groups.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in broadleaf woodlands throughout 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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