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Lactarius helvus   (Poison Lactarius)
Family
Russulaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 4-10 cm diameter; stem 3-6 cm tall * 1-2.3 cm diameter
Edibility
Poisonous

Description
This medium-sized or large agaric has a cinnamon-brown cap, buff gills and excluding colourless, transparent milk. It grows solitary or in scattered groups on soil and has a strong, spicy smell, similar to curry.

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. It has no ring.

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

Lactarius helvus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.



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