Lactarius blennius

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Lactarius blennius

October 2004 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Beech Milk Cap

Cap

Convex, then depressed, slimy when damp, grey, pinkish brown or pale olive, usually with darker depressed spots, to about 10 cm across

Gills

Decurrent, whitish, then cream to pinkish

Stem

Cylindircal, smooth, concolorous with the cap or paler

Flesh

Firm, whitish, exuding a white milk which dries blue grey to greenish grey

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Hot and acrid

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

In deciduous woods, favouring beech

Spore Print

Cream

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, with warts and ridges (6-8) x (5-7) µm2

Edibility

Inedible