Lactarius tabidus

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Lactarius tabidus

14 October 2006 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, then depressed, often with a narrow central bump, usually finely wrinkled, margin sometimes lined, brick to pale orange, to about 4 cm across

Gills

Sub-decurrent, crowded, pale orange to yellowish, sometimes pinkish

Stem

Concolorous with the cap

Flesh

Fragile, whitish to dark-pink, producing a white milk which slowly turns pale yellowish (dab some on a white handkerchief)

Smell

Slight, like Lactarius quietus

Taste

Mild to slightly acrid

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

In deciduous woods, favouring birch, oak and beech

Spore Print

Whitish

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, with warts more or less connected by ridges (6.5-9) x (5-7) µm2, warts to 1 µm high.

Edibility

Inedible