Lactarius vietus


Common Names: Grey milkcap
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Milk-caps


Typically has a cap of 2.5 to 7.5 cm across, with a flattened-convex shape. At times, the cap becomes widely funnel-shaped, and sometimes features a broad or pointed umbo, though the center of the cap is typically depressed. The cap is colored grey, sometimes with violet, flesh-colored, pale yellowish-brown or red tints, though it is paler towards the cap margin in young mushrooms. The cap's margin is curved inwards in younger specimens, and wavy. The cap surface is smooth, and can be slimy or sticky when wet. The stem measures 2.5 to 8 cm by 2 to 7 cm, and is generally cylindrical in shape. Sometimes the stem narrows downwards, or is club-shaped. In color, the stem whitish or greyish, paler at the top, and is rather weak and easily broken. The flesh is a whitish-buff color, and is often absent in the stem, leaving it hollow. The crowded gills are can be decurrent (with the gill running down the stem) or adnate (with the entire depth of the gill connecting to the stem), and in color are whitish to a dirty buff. They are thin and flaccid, and there are three to four tiers of lamellulae (short gills that do not reach the stem from the cap margin). The gills produce white milk, which dries a brownish or greenish grey after about 20 minutes. The mushroom flesh will slowly stain a greyish color if a drop of FeSO4 solution is applied to it as a chemical color test. Can be found growing in moist, deciduous woods in autumn.

Edible Notes: Sources report it as having a spicy, acrid flavor and thus considered inedible, however some sources report that it can be rendered edible by boiling. In general, it's not recommended.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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