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Lactarius rufus   (Red-hot Lactarius)
North America, Europe
Cap 3-10 cm diameter, stem 4-8 cm tall * 0.5-2 cm thick
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Lactarius rufus, also known as Red-hot Lactarius, is a small to medium-sized agaric that has a dull reddish-brown cap, creamy white gills and exudes milk that remains white. The flesh tastes very hot after about 30 seconds.

Cap dry and velvety with a powdery matte texture and never sticky. It is reddish or bay-brown coloured, at first convex with an inrolled margin, later flattened or slightly depressed typically with a small central umbo, Gills first creamy white, later more similarly coloured as the cap, sub-decurrent, which means they travel partially down the stem and are fairly crowded. Spores are off white. Stem is similarly coloured as the cap or more pallid, smooth and tapers off and darkens toward the base. The mushroom has no ring.

Lactarius rufus on the web site.

Many mushrooms are poisonous and some are lethally poisonous. It can be very hard to distinguish between an edible and a poisonous mushroom. We recommend, because of this, that you don't eat wild mushrooms at all, and this site does not contain any information about the edibility or toxicity of the mushrooms listed here.

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