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Fleecy Milkcap

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A large Milkcap that can grow up to 30cm in diameter and exudes abundant amounts of milk/latex making it fairly easy to identify.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Fleecy Milkcap (EN), Cap Llaeth Cnufiog (CY), Mleczajowiec Chrząstka (PL), Pelyhes Keserűgomba (HU)
Scientific Name Lactifluus vellereus
Synonyms Lactarius vellereus
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 12
Average Cap width (CM) 20
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


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.


White and very abundant. Mild tasting.


It has a short, fat, white stem with a fine down covering.


White and very tough and firm.


Deciduous and mixed woodland.

Possible Confusion

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’.

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid with warts joined by tiny ridges into an incomplete network.

Taste / Smell

The latex is mild but the flesh is acrid.



Other Facts

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.


2 comments for Fleecy Milkcap

  1. David says:

    Hi I’m new to all this. Found one of these yesterday, And this page helped. But could you please let me know what is ment by “hot mushrooms”.

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      It means the ‘milk’ and the flesh of the mushroom is hot like chilli and should not be eaten, this heat is a sign that a Milkcap is toxic.

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