Woolly Milkcap Lactarius torminosus Taken today at Beacon Wood CP Bean, Kent. In the great compony of Mike Associated with Birch trees, often in open grassy areas. Initially convex, then flattened and finally shallowly funnel-shaped. The margin remains inrolled for a long time and the cap is densely covered with shaggy hairs. Cap colour ranges from pinkish-white to flesh-pink with darker concentric zones. White, with a pink tinge in the cap and a flesh tint in the stem, which becomes hollow. There is a vague fruity odour and a hot, peppery taste. Gills are decurrent, initially white then gradually pale flesh coloured. The gills and flesh exude a white milk that is very hot to taste. Torminosus means "causing colic" A poisonous fungus if eaten raw but edible when cooked properly. In Britain and Ireland it is a widespread but uncommon species that occurs either solitarily or in small scattered groups. This very attractive milkcap is found throughout most of Europe and in northern Africa and parts of Asia; a variety of Lactarius torminosus is also reported from North America.
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