Lactifluus piperatus (Peppery Milkcap)
North America and Europe
Cap 6-16 cm diameter, stem 3-7 cm tall * 2 cm thick
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Lactifluus piperatus, also known as Lactarius piperatus and Peppery Milkcap is a medium-sized agaric with a white cap that bleeds whitish peppery-tasting milk when cut or damaged. The mushroom grows scattered or grouped on soil in deciduous woods from summer and autumn and into early winter.

Cap creamy-white in colour, convex to flat or depressed on disc. Surface smooth or wrinkled in age or were damaged, becoming spotted or smudged with dingy yellow-brown. The flesh is white, thick, hard and sometimes discolouring yellowish with age. Gills decurrent, particularly crowded and narrow, white at first, then pale yellowish, often forked one or more times. The gills exude a white milk when damaged. Stem white in colour, thick and cylindrical, sometimes tapering towards the base and without a ring. Spore print white.

Microscopic Features: The spores are ellipsoidal, measuring 8-9 x 6-7µm. They have a textured surface with a few small warts and narrow ridges, reaching a height of 0.5µm. The ridges may form some incomplete cross-connections, resulting in a partially formed network.

Lactarius piperatus on the First Nature Web site.
Lactarius piperatus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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