Fleecy Milkcap (Lactifluus vellereus) Identification

Fleecy Milkcap / Summer / Autumn / Winter / Inedible

Through this Fleecy Milkcap (Lactifluus vellereus) Identification Guide, we’ll look at the keys to correctly identifying this species.

Latin Name: 

Lactifluus vellereus




In deciduous woods, late summer to early winter.


A large pale mushroom which exudes large quantities of white milk.

Key Features to help Fleecy Milkcap (Lactifluus vellereus) Identification


White to off white, initially convex but becoming funnel shaped as it matures and covered in tiny white hairs.  Large cap, 10-25com across.

James Lindsey at Ecology of Commanster, CC BY-SA 2.5 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5>, via Wikimedia Commons


Same colour as the cap, short and fat, up to 12cm, solid and covered in tiny hairs.


White decurrent gills.  They can discolour brown where damaged and the milk has dried.  Will produce a lot of white milk when damaged.

Jckowal, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons



No obvious smell but the latex is mild in flavour and the flesh tastes acrid.


White spore print.  Spores are ellipsoid with warts joined by tiny ridges into an incomplete network.


Can look quite different when young until becomes more funnel shaped.


No known uses.


Inedible, tastes very acrid.

Potential Lookalikes to help with Fleecy Milkcap (Lactifluus vellereus) Identification

Could possibly be confused with the Giant Funnel or the Trooping Funnel but neither of these produce any milk.

The Peppery Milkcap looks similar but is smaller and has very hot milk in comparison to the Fleecy Milkcap which has mild tasting milk.


Here’s some detail about the toxins in the fleecy milkcap

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