Lactarius pyrogalus    (Bull.:Fr.) Fr. 

common name(s) : Fiery Milkcap, Burning Milk Cap 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Incertae sedis/Russulales/Russulaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Russulales/Russulaceae  

synonyms: Lactarius hortensis 

edibility : discard

photo gallery of  Lactarius pyrogalus
photo gallery of  Lactarius pyrogalus potential confusions with  Lactarius pyrogalus toxicity of Lactarius pyrogalus genus Lactarius  

The cap is brown olive green to grey-brown. The cap surface is with faint concentric bands, slightly viscid in wet weather.

The stem is whitish with same colour as cap, without ring.

The flesh is white, unchanging; its taste is acrid; the odour is of applesauce; its texture is grainy (breaking like a chalk stick), exuding when cut a whitish milk, turning yellow when drying.

The gills are whitish then flesh pink, ochraceous, adnate to decurrent, distant . The spore print is pallid ochraceous (E-F). This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on a rather calcareous soil, with hazel only (rarely beech).

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 7 cm (between 2 and 10 cm)
  height of stem approximately 6 cm (between 2 and 12 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 12 mm (between 7 and 20 mm)

Chemical tests : Latex becomes yellow orange on a glass side when in contact with potash.

Distinctive features : very acrid milk, white; gills not crowded, ochre to flesh coloured; with hazel

Lactarius pyrogalus is quite rare and localised in the forest of Rambouillet, and is frequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Lactarius pyrogalus in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Lactarius pyrogalus in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18