Bearded Milkcap (Lactarius pubescens) Identification

Bearded Milkcap / Summer / Autumn / Poisonous

Though this Bearded Milkcap (Lactarius pubescens) Identification we’re going to look at the key features for features so you feel safe to not accidentally pick it.

Latin name: 

Lactarius pubescens




Often growing near Birch and often growing in sandy soil.


An uncommon mushroom with lactating (milk producing) gills and flesh.  Has white milk which tastes incrediblt hot and acrid.

Key Features for Bearded Milkcap (Lactarius pubescens) Identification


The Cap can have a width up to 10cm.  Convex, becoming depressed in the middle. Has woolly turned in edges and is white pale salmon/yellow with just about visible concentric lines.

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Same colour as the cap but often with a rosy buff band at the top.  Chunky solid stem tapering off slightly to the end. Height is 1-2cm.

Игорь Лебединский, CC BY 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


The gills of the bearded milk cap are white, pale salmon crowded and running down the stem (decurrent gills).


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No distinct smell, it can sometimes be a little acrid depending if it’s started to leak milk yet


Spore print is pale cream with a faint salmon tint

Milk is white, hot and acrid.


Minimal differences between this species of milkcap from it being young to growing older apart from the general growth of fungi


Toxic, no  known uses as of yet


This mushroom is Toxic and has caused blistering on some people

Potential Lookalikes for Bearded Milkcap (Lactarius pubescens) Identification

Could possibly be confused with the Woolly Milkcap, which is also toxic and is much more obviously salmon to pale pink in colour.


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