Lactarius torminosus (Woolly Milkcap)
Europe, North America, North Africa and northern Asia
Cap 4-12 cm diameter, stem 4-8 cm tall * 1-2 cm thick
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Lactarius torminosus, also known as Woolly Milkcap, is a largish, salmon-pink, distinctively woolly agaric that exudes milk that stays white. The mushroom is mycorrhizal with birch and often found in open, grassy sites. The shaggy margin and beautiful pink colour of this milkcap make it easily identifiable, unlike the majority of mushrooms in this genus.

Cap at first round with a slightly depressed centre and rolled-in margin. Then shallow to severely funnel-shaped. It has a shaggy surface that has zones in shades of orange and orange-brown, and the margin is distinctively shaggy. The flesh is white, thick, granular, and brittle. Gills are pallid buff or salmon, extending downward, narrow, and crowded. Stem is similarly coloured as the cap but more pallid. It is short, smooth more or less equal or tapering at both ends and has no ring. Spore print pale yellowish-cream.

Microscopic Features: The spores of Lactarius torminosus exhibit the following characteristics: they are subglobose to broadly ellipsoidal, measuring approximately 8-10 x 5.5-7μm. They appear hyaline and are adorned with a distinct network of ridges along with a few isolated warts, reaching a height of up to 0.7μm.

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