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False Saffron Milkcap

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Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

Not as good as the true Saffron Milkcap but a tasty find none the less and more common.

Mushroom Type
Common Names False Saffron Milkcap, Spruce Milkcap
Scientific Name Lactarius deterrimus
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 8
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Orange with concentric darker or lighter lines with green patches. Starting convex but soon developing a depression in the middle and becoming ‘funnel’shaped.

Gills

Orange and slightly decurrent, fairly crowded and bruising green.

Milk

The milk is carrot orange, turning to wine red after about half an hour then eventually turning green.

Stem

Orange and smooth unlike the pitted stem of the true Saffron Milkcap.

Flesh

Orange at the edges then white and usually hollow in the stem.

Habitat

With coniferous trees, especially Spruces and Pines.

Possible Confusion

The Saffron Milkcap, pictured, but the Saffron Milkcap has pits on the stem unlike the False Saffron Milkcap.
The poisonous Woolly Milkcap, Lactarius torminosus but this has ‘woolly’ edges to the cap that extend in towards the stem and has off white milk not Carrot coloured.
The Lactarius semisanguifluus is similar but has more red than orange milk.

Taste / Smell

Good but the bitterness from the milk can sometimes be tasted.

Frequency

Common.

Spores

Pale ochre. Ellipsoid with a network of thick and thin ridges.

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