Eng. Syn.: Velvet milk cap
Sci Syn.: Lactariella lignyota
height: 5 – 15 cm cm
hat: 5 – 15 cm
trunk diameter: 1 – 3 cm
months: June – November
colours: white lamella, brown-black cap and stem
characteristic: white milk
habitat: spruce- and coniferous forests
taste: mild, pleasant
Thevelvet milkcap has a very dark brown almost black appearance with a slight tip in the middle of the cap. The edge is usually a little lighter. In contrast, the lamellae are initially completely white, but become slightly yellowish with age.
This mushroom can be confused with other non edible species from the Leccinum family as Lactarius picinus (dark flesh) or Lactarius azonites (lighter colour and thicker flesh).
Velvet milkcaps are among the best mushrooms out there and highly underrated. Due to their contrasting appearance and the velvety surface, they are a unique phenomenon among the wild mushrooms that we like to collect.
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