The Bearded Milkcap

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

A fairly easy to identify family of mushrooms with lactating gills and flesh.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Bearded Milkcap
Scientific Name Lactarius pubescens
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 7
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Convex becoming depressed in the middle and having ‘woolly’ in-turned edges. White pale salmon/yellow in just about visible concentric rings.

Gills

Gills white/pale salmon slightly running down stem. Crowded. The gills exude milk which is white and hot to the taste and unchanging in colour.

Stem

White to pale yellow/pink tapering slightly towards the base.

Flesh

White/off-white.

Habitat

On sandy soil around and under birch trees.

Possible Confusion

The Woolly Milkcap, Lactarius torminosus, is similar but darker and has a more salmon to red colour, pictured.

Spore Print

Pale cream/ivory. Ellipsoid with fine warts.

Taste / Smell

Hot and acrid.

Frequency

Uncommon.

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