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Lactarius deliciosus   (Saffron Milkcap)
Europe and North America
Cap 3-10 cm diameter, stem 3-6 cm tall * 1.5 - 2 cm diameter

Lactarius deliciosus, also known as Saffron Milkcap, is an attractive, fairly large, buff agaric with distinctive salmon-pink blotches, pale carrot coloured gills. The mushroom exudes carroty milk, which is a significant characteristic of this mushroom. It grows solitary or in scattered groups on soil under conifers, favouring pine trees.

Cap first round and bumpy, then convex and as mature flat with a depressed center. The margin stays rolled in until maturity. It has concentrically zoned thin rings in orange and a somewhat wider zone in salmon go grey pink. Often with carrot coloured patches. Sticky and slippery when wet. Gills at first apricot or saffron, becoming carrot, dull green on bruising, dense and sub-decurrent before abruptly ending. Stem similarly coloured as the cap, thick and hard but also fragile, more or less equal, and patterned with different-sized shallow holes in a darker shade.

Similar species include Lactarius deterrimus found with spruce trees has a smooth stem and exudes green staining orange milk.

Lactarius "deliciosus" group on the First Nature Web site.
Lactarius "deliciosus" group on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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