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Lactarius torminosus


Common name:The Bearded Milk Cap
Spore Print:White
Habitat: Usually grows under aspen.
Edibility:Poisonous.
Comments:This is one of the few Lactarius in Colorado that has visible milk when cut or damaged, which is the main characteristic of the Lactarius genus. It's a great mushroom to show off what a Lactarius is supposed to do when cut. Many Lactarius don't bleed milk because of our dry climate. This mushroom is reported to be edible if cooked or pickled but it is poisonous if not cooked completely. I would suggest not eating this mushroom! It's easily identified by it's fairly large size and the shaggy 'beard' around the edge of the cap along with white milk when cut.

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