Rufous Milk-cap (Lactarius rufus)

A fungus of the coniferous woods which means, in Dorset, on Forestry Commision managed land. Associated mainly with forms of pine trees on acidic soils this is a very common species in, and around, the Poole basin and the Purbeck area. Appearing in late summer and autumn, it is often found in large troops. The cap is generally flat with a small dimple in the middle and tinged russet, hence the Rufous Milk-cap; the other milk-caps tend to be white, grey or brown.

It has a mild taste at first but with an after-bite! Acrid and hot ...
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