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Lactarius torminosus   (Woolly Milkcap)
Family
Russulaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 4-12 cm diameter, stem 4-8 cm tall * 1-2 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Lactarius torminosus, also know as Woolly Milkcap, is a largish, salmon-pink, distinctively woolly agaric that exudes milk that stays white. 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.

Lactarius torminosus on the www.first-nature.com web site.




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