Lactifluus vellereus

Common Names: Fleecy milk-cap
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Milk-caps

Syn. Lactarius vellereus. It is one of the two most common milk-caps found with beech trees, with the other being Lactarius subdulcis. Like other mushrooms in the family Russulaceae, the L. vellereus fruit body has crumbly, rather than fibrous, flesh, and when this is broken the fungus exudes a milky latex. The mature caps are white to cream, funnel-shaped, and up to 25 cm in diameter. It has firm flesh, and a stipe which is shorter than the fruit body is wide. The gills are fairly distant (quite far apart), decurrent, and narrow, and have brown specks from the drying milk. The spore print is white. The mushroom is found in deciduous woods, from late summer to early winter.

Edible Notes: The milk tastes mild on its own, but hot when tasted with the flesh. It is considered inedible because of its peppery taste.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.