Woolly Milkcap

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

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

Mushroom Type
Common Names Woolly Milkcap
Scientific Name Lactarius torminosus
Season Start Aug
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 9
Average Cap width (CM) 12
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’ inturned edges. Pale salmon/orange with darker scaled concentric rings.

Gills

Gills white to pale salmon coloured almost running down stem. Very thin, fairly crowded and producing a white milk.

Stem

Pale pink to salmon-coloured. Hollowing in the middle.

Flesh

White to off white.

Habitat

Mixed woodland and heath, particularly birch.

Possible Confusion

The Bearded Milkcap, Lactarius pubescens is similar but much paler and still poisonous, pictured.

Spore Print

Pale yellow/salmon.

Taste / Smell

Very hot and acrid.

Frequency

Fairly common.

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