Welcome to Mushroom World, your resource for mushroom information. This site contains information and images of mushrooms found mainly in Europe. You can use this information to identify fungus, but if you intend to eat the mushrooms you identify, never rely on one source for mushroom identification, and never eat any wild mushroom until an expert mycologist has checked your identification.
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There are thousands of different mushroom species, so we have tried to limit those we list to the most common ones. New species are also continuously added to the site.
You can browse the database from the alphabetical list or by going directly to the mushroom records which are listed under the categories poisonous, inedible and edible. You can also search the database based on mushroom name or some property.
Knowing poisonous mushrooms is always important; especially if you pick mushrooms, so take some time to study the poisonous mushrooms.
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Today's mushroom is Lactarius helvus (Poison Lactarius). The mushroom is Poisonous. It grows in North America, Europe.
Description: 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 the 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 coloured like 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.
Lactarius helvus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
Dimensions: Cap 4-10 cm diameter; stem 3-6 cm tall * 1-2.3 cm diameter
If you are interested in this mushroom, look it up in our database. You can find more detailed pictures there.