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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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16 July, 2012

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 ...
Find out more about the Rufous Milkcap in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Rufous%20Milk-cap?...