Lactarius uvidus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Lactarius uvidus (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 3–10cm across, flattened convex, later with a depression and often somewhat irregular margin, the margin incurved; vinaceous buff, fawn, lilac, or violet-grey, occasionally with one or two indistinct darker bands; surface fairly smooth, sticky when moist. Stem 25–60Γ—6–25mm, more or less cylindrical; dirty whitish to pale, dull buff, bruising fawn on the veining, with rusty stains towards the base; developing a cavity, smooth, with fine, translucid veining. Flesh pallid white, becoming dullish lilac in around thirty minutes after exposure. Gills decurrent, fairly closely spaced, somewhat narrow; pallid whitish, bruising dull lilac to livid vinaceous. Milk white, becoming tinged lilac on gills; taste slightly bitter, not hot. Spores 9–10.5Γ—7.5–8.5ΒΌ, ovate; strongish warts joined by thin into thick ridges to form a partial network. Spore print cream (D). Habitat with birch and willow on acid soil in wet places; late summer to autumn. Not edible.

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