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Friday, 17 October 2014

 Things starting to happen in the last few days - lots of fungi starting to popup. This Lactarius is neither rare nor unusual, but it's the first time I've seen it in my wood! So another new species to add to the list


  1. What kind of milkcap is it Tony? Of all the woodland fungi, this seems to be a family for which it's possible to have a good stab at the precise names. I'm toying with buying the Lactarius booklet that shows you how to distinguish the 70+ British species.

  2. Judging by the size - the cap was over 25cm across, and the surface slightly wooly - I would hazard a guess it was Lactarius vellereus. Any other suggestions gratefully received.

  3. Yes, get Geoffry Kibby's recently published Lactarius ( eg with Sommerfield books) and his others. Is it a Lactarius as there are other genera with fb having similar shape. Taste of milk is important for ID. What is associated tree? L controversus goes pinkish colour with age and associated with salix/poplar --- don't think it is this. Kibby says vellereus has gills widely spaced and mild milk which does not change colour over 5-10 min !!! Not always as easy as at first glance'!