Two different milk caps under birch

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Two different milk caps under birch

Post by Batfish » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:32 pm

Two different milkcaps found in a birch wood with the occasional pine. The first specimen was in area of thick cover and had a flat, umbilicate cap of 7-9cm in diameter. The cap colour was a dark olive brown and felty to touch. The gills were a yellowish cream white in colour, crowded and adnate to a short, firm and smooth stem of 4cm in length and of the same colour as the cap. The rim was rolled. The milk was cream and immediately strongly acid or bitter to taste. Spore print was white and profuse.

The second milkcap was in an area of the wood less dense in cover, with numerous specimens scattered around the area. The cap was again flat and umbilicate with a rolled rim. the gills were crowded but were slightly decurrent to a longer stem of 6-7cm which was slightly hollow to feel. The milk was more profuse, creamy white and again immediately acid and bitter to taste. Spore print was a light grey/cream.

Appreciate any ideas
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Re: Two different milk caps under birch

Post by adampembs » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:37 pm

Lactarius turpis for the first one i think.
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Re: Two different milk caps under birch

Post by Batfish » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:16 am

Thanks Adam.
I will be heading to the same spot tomorrow - any tips or suggestions as to what I can do on site to narrow down the choices for the right milkcap ?

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Re: Two different milk caps under birch

Post by adampembs » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:19 am

Most importantly colour change of the milk. This can happen quickly or can take a few hours. A cotton hanky is suggested by most people but Versterholt et all "The Genus Lactarius" let it dry on the gills. The most common change is to yellow, but orange, green and others are possible. The colour is sometimes hard to see, and a hand lens helps. There can be chemical tests, eg KOH.

The BMS have a free key to British Lactarius here
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