Brown Miller (Lactarius lignyotus)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
- Order: Russulales
- Family: Russulaceae (Russula)
- Genus: Lactarius (Miller)
- Species: Lactarius lignyotus (Brown Miller)
- Other names for the mushroom:
- Woody milky
Brown miller (lat.Lactarius lignyotus) is a mushroom of the genus Millechnik (lat.Lactarius) of the russula family (lat.Russulaceae). Conditionally edible.
Brown lactarius cap: 3-7 cm in diameter, in the early stages – cushion-shaped with neatly tucked edges, then gradually opens, usually retaining a central protrusion (often pointed); in old age, it can acquire a hard-to-describe funnel-semi-convex shape with wavy edges. The color is brown-brown, saturated, the surface is dry, velvety. The flesh of the cap is white, relatively thin, brittle, with not too abundant white milky juice. The juice is not caustic, gradually turns yellow in the air.
Blades: Relatively frequent and wide, descending along the stem, white or yellowish, only in stagnant mushrooms acquire ocher color. If damaged, turn pink.
Spore powder: Yellow.
The leg of the brown lactarius: Relatively long (height 4-8 cm, thickness 0.5-1 cm), cylindrical, often curved, solid, cap color. The surface, like the cap, is velvety, the flesh is tough.
The brown miller grows from mid-July to the end of September in coniferous and mixed forests, forming mycorrhiza, apparently with spruce, less often with pine. It is found infrequently, does not form large clusters.
The literature points to Lactarius picinus, which is larger and sharper, as a twin of the brown woody lactarius. In relation to the brownish milky (Lactarius fuliginosus), the similarity is purely formal. In any case, Lactarius lignyotus looks very distinctive with its disproportionately small velvety cap and creeping contrasting plates that make it look like some kind of hygrophor.
Lactarius lignyotus, like all non-bitter junior milkmen, is formally edible but unsuccessful. And go find him yet.
For some reason I used to think that the brown milky is also called 'woody' precisely because it grows on wood. I thought at the same time – wow, all the milkmen are mycorrhizal, and this one is on wood, how intricate. Then it turned out that the milkman is like a milkman. The fact that it allegedly sometimes grows 'on the roots', as a kind of favor, is not at all consoling. The gall mushroom also grows 'on the roots', but what joy does it have?
Photo of the mushroom Millechnik brown from the issues in recognition: