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Lactarius deliciosus, also known as Saffron Milkcap, is an attractive, fairly large, buff agaric with distinctive salmon-pink blotches, and pale carrot-coloured gills. The mushroom exudes carroty milk, which is a significant characteristic of this mushroom. It grows solitary or in scattered groups on soil under conifers, favouring pine trees.
first round and bumpy, then convex and as mature flat with a depressed centre. The margin stays rolled in until maturity. It has concentrically zoned thin rings in orange and a somewhat wider zone in salmon go grey pink. Often with carrot-coloured patches. Sticky and slippery when wet. Gills
at first apricot or saffron, becoming carrot, dull green on bruising, dense and sub-decurrent before abruptly ending. Stem
similarly coloured as the cap, thick and hard but also fragile, more or less equal, and patterned with different-sized shallow holes in a darker shade. Spore print
pale pinkish buff.
The spores are ellipsoidal, measuring 7-9 x 6-7 µm, and they have a well-defined and almost complete network of ridges.
on the First Nature Web site.
Lactarius "deliciosus" group
on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
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