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Lactarius torminosus   (Woolly Milkcap)
North America, Europe
Cap 4-12 cm diameter, stem 4-8 cm tall * 1-2 cm thick

Lactarius torminosus, also know as Woolly Milkcap, is a largish, salmon-pink, distinctively woolly agaric that exudes white milk. The mushroom is mycorrhizal with birch and often found in open, grassy sites.

Cap at first round with a slightly depressed center and rolled-in margin. Then shallow to severely funnel shaped. It has a shaggy surface that has zones in shades of orange and orange-brown. Gills are pallid buff or salmon, extending downward, narrow, and crowded. Spores are pale yellowish cream. Stem is similarly colored as the cap but more pallid. It is short, smooth more or less equal or tapering at both ends. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Lactarius pubescens is paler with fainter zones. It has a less shaggy cap. Lactarius scoticus is smaller and also pale.

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