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Lactifluus piperatus   (Peppery Milkcap)
North America and Europe
Cap 6-16 cm diameter, stem 3-7 cm tall * 2 cm thick

Lactifluus piperatus, also know as Lactarius piperatus and Peppery Milkcap is a medium-sized agaric with a white cap that bleeds whitish peppery-tasting milk when cut or damaged. The mushroom grows scattered or grouped on soil in deciduous woods from summer and autumn and into early winter.

Cap creamy-white in colour, convex to flat or depressed on disc. Surface smooth or wrinkled in age or where damaged, becoming spotted or smudged with dingy yellow-brown. Gills decurrent, particularly crowded and narrow, white at first, then pale yellowish, often forked one or more times. Stem white in colour, thick and is cylindrical, sometimes tapering towards the base.

Similar species include Lactarius glaucescens, Lactarius vellereus and Lactarius deceptivus that has a cottony inrolled cap margin, and the milk does not change color.

Lactarius piperatus on the First Nature Web site.
Lactarius piperatus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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