Lactarius rufus Russulaceae Rufous Milkcap

Picture 1 Close up with 'milk'

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Lactarius rufus, Rufous Milkcap. The Milkcaps are so called because they produce "milk" when any part of the cap or stipe is broken. This whitish liquid is very hot in this particular species, making it quite inedible. The cap is 3-6 cm in diameter and is a deep chestnut brown, rather mat. The stipe is paler, and the gills paler still and decurrent (running a little way down the stipe). It is found in woodlands and is not one of our commonest Milkcaps.



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