Ugly Milkcap - Lactarius turpis


A large (Cap to 20 cm) dull olive brown fungus that is slimy and sticky. As with all milkcaps, it exudes a white milky latex if broken. It exudes copious white milk when the flesh is cut.  The appearance is distinctive and unlike any other Milkcap – the English name is very appropriate.

Identification difficulty

In damp places exclusively with Birch trees.

When to see it

Late summer and autumn

Life History

Grows either solitary or in groups

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common 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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