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By Terry L    
Woolly Millcap Lactarius torminosus Taken today at Beacon Wood CP Bean, Kent. In the great compony of Mike

Associated with Birch trees, often in open grassy areas.
Initially convex, then flattened and finally shallowly funnel-shaped. The margin remains inrolled for a long time and the cap is densely covered with shaggy hairs. Cap colour ranges from pinkish-white to flesh-pink with darker concentric zones.
White, with a pink tinge in the cap and a flesh tint in the stem, which becomes hollow. There is a vague fruity odour and a hot, peppery taste.
Gills are decurrent, initially white then gradually pale flesh coloured. The gills and flesh exude a white milk that is very hot to taste.

Torminosus means "causing colic" A poisonous fungus if eaten raw but edible when cooked properly.

In Britain and Ireland it is a widespread but uncommon species that occurs either solitarily or in small scattered groups.
This very attractive milkcap is found throughout most of Europe and in northern Africa and parts of Asia; a variety of Lactarius torminosus is also reported from North America.

Tags: Fungi Bean Kent Woodland Moss Beech Wildlife and nature

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Greyheron 20 282 7 England
30 Oct 2014 9:36PM
Very nicely done Terry - wondered where you'd disappeared to…!!! Superb time out Smile

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taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
30 Oct 2014 9:56PM
Excellent texture rendition-- lovel their colors as well!
tonyng Plus
12 12 3 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2014 10:14PM
What a specimen you have here and with an added bonus on the cap.
ali63 10 791 1 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2014 10:22PM
Excellent image,

Ali Grin
annettep38 11 221 43 Luxembourg
30 Oct 2014 10:44PM
excellent detail, POV and fly for scale!
jasonrwl Plus
12 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2014 11:07PM
Brilliant shot Terry and most interesting write up
stub197 10
30 Oct 2014 11:12PM
Beautifully Captured image SmileSmileSmilepaul
bricurtis Plus
17 2.7k 53 England
31 Oct 2014 12:01AM
Love the wooly detail on this, superb addition to your fungi images Terry.
CaroleS Plus
12 442 3 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 11:01AM
Superb detail.
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
31 Oct 2014 1:45PM
Cracking good shot Terry. These fungi can be fascinating.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
31 Oct 2014 2:58PM
Great Photography Terry.

ade123 9 285 1 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2014 4:42PM
Brilliant photography Terry fantastic detail and amazing BG

(Thanks for the heads up on the id on my image)

viscostatic 16 50 11 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2014 9:30PM
Beautiful mushrooms and great photography.

12 Nov 2014 4:48AM
Wonderful photo. I have never seen this mushroom.


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