Watery Milkcap

Lactarius serifluus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Watery Milkcap Lactarius serifluus (DC.) Fr. (illustrated 90% life size) Cap 3–7cm across, flattened convex with saucer- or narrow funnel-shaped centre, margin remaining incurved for some time, usually more or less furrowed; dull brown; surface dry, matt, wrinkled, and often granular or lumpy. Stem 20–65×7–12mm; concolorous with cap or more usually paler; hollow. Flesh cinnamon-buff; thin in cap. Gills moderately decurrent; saffron to bricky or orangy cinnamon. Milk watery with a few white clouds; taste mild, smell of bugs, oily. Spores 6.5–9×6–8¼; covered with warts up to 1.3¼ high, joined by usually strong almost wing-like ridges to form a more or less complete network. Cap surface cellular; gill margin with globose, ballon or club-shaped cells. Spore print creamy (C) with a slight salmon tinge. Habitat with oak and beech; summer to autumn. Occasional. Not edible. Note in my first book I published this as L. cimicarius.