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Toadstool  Wooly Milk Cap

Wooly Milk Cap - Photo  Copyright 2001 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
A neat way to identify the most frequently found fungi is with the ID chart in the Nature Shop called "Fungi Name Trail" - click here

Latin name: Lactarius torminosus

Size: Cap can be up to 12cms in diameter.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: August to November.

Habitat: Found in damp areas, especially beneath birch trees

Special features: The poisonous wooly milk cap is button shaped when young, but becomes more funnel shaped with age. It has a distinct depression, like a naval, in the centre of its pink cap. The gills and stem are also pale pink.

Like other milk cap toadstools, the wooly milk cap releases a white milk-like fluid from its gills.

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