The genus Lactarius belongs to the Russulaceae family, which is characterised by its members having a brittle texture. Lactarius spp are distinguished from Russulas by the oozing of a white latex or "milk" from their flesh when cut or damaged.

Lactarius clarkeae

Found growing under Leptospermum.

Lactarius clarkeae var. aurantioruber

Found under Nothofagus.

Lactarius glyciosmus

This Lactarius has a lovely coconut smell to it.

Found under silver birch and other broad-leaf exotics. Edible.

Lactarius tawai

Found growing under Nothofagus

Lactarius turpis

Also known as "Ugly Milk Cap" (quite apt, I thought!)

Exotic, found under silver birch.

Not edible.

Lactarius umerensis

Found under Nothofagus.

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