What You Should Know
Lactarius musteus is a rare species growing with Pinus on poor soil. The gills turn grayish-green after bruising. It is a small fungus with an ocher-yellow or light ocher-brown cap, silvery-shiny in the dry and radially streaked, sticky in the moisture. Grows from August to November.
This mushroom has a poor culinary value. Used salty, after 1 - 2 days of soaking, and 15 minutes of boiling.
Lactifluus musteus (Fr.) Kuntze 1891 is a synonym.
Other names: Pine Milkcap.
Lactarius musteus Mushroom Identification
4 - 10 cm in diameter, first convex, with a twisted, smooth edge, later convex-spread, flat-spread, concave-spread, sometimes funnel-shaped, sometimes eccentric, with a lowered, scarred edge. The surface of the cap is initially slightly fluffy closer to the edges, later bare, sticky in wet weather, dry when dry, shiny, first ocher-gray, and later with rusty or reddish-gray spots.
The gills are thick, narrow, ingrown, slightly descending to the leg, first whitish, later reddish-yellowish, in places of contact acquire a rusty-brown color.
3 - 7 cm high, 1.5 - 4 cm in diameter, cylindrical, sometimes curved, initially solid, dense, with age with a cavity, wrinkled, initially sticky, later dry, the same color as the surface of the cap.
The flesh is whitish, pale cream, rusty brown on the cut, sweet in taste, with a pleasant fruity aroma. Milk juice is white, in the air becomes sulfur-yellow, sweet in taste.
8-9 * 6.5-7 μm, elliptical or almost rounded.
Yellowish or light cream.
Grows from August to November, in pine forests, on dry sandy soils, among moss, alone and in groups, rarely. Rare species.
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