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.

Lactifluuis clarkeae

(Syn. Lactarius clarkeae)

Cap diam: up to 80 mm. It is coloured pale orange to greyish orange and covered in fine velvety hairs. The gills are creamy coloured. It is found under tea tree.

Lactarius clarkeae var. aurantioruber

This species has an orange-brown cap and pinkish gills. It is associated with beech. Cap diam: up to 100 mm.

Lactarius glyciosmus

This Lactarius has the smell of coconut. It is pale mauve-grey in colour, sometimes with brownish tints. Cap diam: up to 80 mm. It is an introduced species found under silver birch.

Lactarius tawai

A distinguishing feature of this species is that has concentric rings on its orange-brown cap. The gills are pallid ochraceous with pink tints. Cap diam: 40–75 mm. Found under beech.

Lactarius turpis

A dark olive brown to blackish brown species, it is also known as the “Ugly Milkcap”. It can grow quite large – up to 200 mm in diam. It has a stout stipe. It is an introduced species, found under silver birch.

Not edible.

Lactarius umerensis

This is a small species, with a cap diam. up to 35 mm. It ranges in colour from dirty salmon to pale orange-brown. Found under beech.

Lactarius - undescribed sp.

This is a small dark brown species, with a cap diam. up to 35 mm. Found under tea tree.

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