Orange Milkcap

Lactarius aurantiacus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Orange Milkcap Lactarius aurantiacus (Pers.) Gray syn. L. mitissimus (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 3–6cm across, convex, later flattened or with a depression, sometimes with a small umbo, margin incurved at first; bright apricot or brownish-orange; often hollow with age, surface velvety-greasy but not sticky. Stem 30–70Γ—6–12mm; concolorous with cap. Flesh white; firm. Gills adnate to slightly decurrent; palish ochre. Milk abundant, white; taste mild. Spores 8–9.5Γ—6.5–7.5ΒΌ; covered in warts, mainly joined by thinnish ridges to form a somewhat incomplete network. Spore print cream (C) with a slight salmon tinge. Cap surface of more or less erect hyphae with rounded ends, separated by jelly. Habitat in deciduous or coniferous woods; autumn. Frequent. Not edible.

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