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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
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.

Cap

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.

Gills

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.

Milk

White and very abundant. Mild tasting.

Stem

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

Flesh

White and very tough and firm.

Habitat

Deciduous and mixed woodland.

Possible Confusion

Can look very similar to the Giant Funnel, pictured, but the Giant Funnel does not produce a milk like latex when the gills are damaged.
The Trooping Funnel can also look similar but again does not produce latex and has a much longer stem.
The Peppery Milkcap, Lactarius 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.

Frequency

Common.

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.

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