Lactarius vellereus

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Lactarius vellereus

14 October 2008 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, soon depressed, then funnel shaped, velvety, whitish or cream often with yellowish buff patches, to about 25 cm across

Gills

Decurrent, narrow, fairly crowded, thick, whitish, cream, or pale yellowish

Stem

Stout, cylindrical, velvety, concolorous with the cap

Flesh

Firm, whitish, exuding white milk

Smell

Variously described as fruity, foetid, or oily

Taste

Hot

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Frequent

Habitat

In deciduous woods, favouring beech, oak, birch and hazel

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, with warts and some ridges (7-10) x (6.5-9) µm2

Notes

This fungus could be confused with Lactarius piperatus, Leucopaxillus giganteus and even Clitocybe geotropa

Additional Photographs

Lactarius vellereus

14 October 2008 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin