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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 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.

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