Lactarius mairei

| |
Lactarius mairei

4 October 1998, with Oak and Ash, Cambridgeshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, then depressed, margin decorated with coarse hairs, pale pinkish brown, to about 12 cm across

Gills

Adnate to decurrent, narrow, cream

Stem

Cylindrical, smooth, hollow, cream to pale pinkish brown

Flesh

Whitish, producing a white milk on cutting

Smell

Fruity

Taste

Mild, then acrid

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Very rare, known from less than a dozen English counties and one in Scotland

Habitat

In deciduous woods, usually with oak, but also beech and ash

Spore Print

Cream

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, with a network of ridges (6-9) x (5-7) µm2

Edibility

Inedible