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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