A large Milkcap that can grow up to 30cm in diameter and exudes abundant amounts of milk/latex making it fairly easy to identify.
|Common Names||Fleecy Milkcap (EN), Cap Llaeth Cnufiog (CY), Mleczajowiec Chrząstka (PL), Pelyhes Keserűgomba (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Lactifluus vellereus|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||12|
|Average Cap width (CM)||20|
White to off-white and starting convex but soon flattening out to become funnel shaped, covered in tiny white hairs. When old, the cap is usually discoloured and covered in forest debris.
White, decurrent gills that can discolour brown with age, usually where the latex has dried. This mushroom will produce a lot of latex if the gills are damaged.
Can look very similar to the Giant Funnel (Aspropaxillus giganteus), pictured, but the Giant Funnel does not produce a milk like latex when the gills are damaged.
Trooping Funnel (Infundibulicybe geotropa) can also look similar but again does not produce latex and has a much longer stem.
Peppery Milkcap (Lactifluus piperatus), is smaller and has very hot ‘milk’.
White. Ellipsoid with warts joined by tiny ridges into an incomplete network.
Taste / Smell
The latex is mild but the flesh is acrid.
This mushroom is considered inedible but is consumed in Eastern Europe and Russia where they have a liking for hot mushrooms.
The Fleecy Milkcap has been separated from the Lactarius genus and is now in the Lactifluus genus.