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Lactarius helvus   (Poison Lactarius)
North America, Europe
Cap 4-10 cm diameter; stem 3-6 cm tall * 1-2.3 cm diameter

Lactarius helvus, also known as Poison Lactarius, is a medium-sized or large agaric that has a spicy smell, similar to curry. It has a cinnamon-brown cap, buff gills and excluding colourless, transparent milk. It grows solitary or in scattered groups on soil.

Cap velvety, initially slightly convex, becoming funnel-shaped as it matures and has a faint zonate (bull's-eye) pattern, beige or light grey at the margins and darkening toward the centre. Gills decurrent, first cream coloured, then darkening to ochre-yellow. The flesh is white or beige, often pink-tinged. Stem is similarly colored as the cap or more reddish brown, more or less equal. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Lactarius aquifluus is very similar in appearance and grows in North America.

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