Lactarius torminosus    (Schaeff.:Fr.) Gray 

common name(s) : Woolly Milkcap, Wooly Milk Cap 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Incertae sedis/Russulales/Russulaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Russulales/Russulaceae  

synonyms: Lactarius necator ss.Breitenbach 

edibility : poisonous

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photo gallery of  Lactarius torminosus potential confusions with  Lactarius torminosus toxicity of Lactarius torminosus genus Lactarius  

The cap is flesh pink to orange; its margin is woolly. The cap surface is more or less with concentric bands, sticky.

The stem is pinkish white, without ring.

The flesh is white, unchanging; its taste is acrid and peppery; the odour is faint, fruity; its texture is grainy (breaking like a chalk stick), exuding when cut a white milk, unchanging.

The gills are pink cream, decurrent to adnate, crowded . The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows in woods and heaths, on a rather acid soil, mainly with birch, but also sometimes hornbeam.

The fruiting period takes place from June to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 9 cm (between 4 and 15 cm)
  height of stem approximately 7 cm (between 2.5 and 10 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 20 mm (between 10 and 30 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : creamy-pink to salmon-red cap, woolly in concentric bands especially towards margin; white milk, acrid, unchanging; under birch

Lactarius torminosus is frequent and very widely present in the forest of Rambouillet, and is frequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Lactarius torminosus in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Lactarius torminosus in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18