Sticky milky (Lactarius blennius)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
- Order: Russulales
- Family: Russulaceae (Russula)
- Genus: Lactarius (Miller)
- Species: Lactarius blennius (Sticky Miller)
- Slimy milky
- Miller gray-green
- Milk gray-green
- Agaricus blennius
Sticky miller (lat.Lactarius blennius) is a mushroom of the genus Miller (lat.Lactarius) of the russula family (lat.Russulaceae). It is sometimes considered conditionally edible and suitable for pickling, but its possible toxic properties have not been studied, therefore it is not recommended to collect.
Description Hat ∅ 4-10 cm, initially convex, then prostrate, depressed in the center, with edges bent down. Its edges are lighter and sometimes covered with fluff. The skin is shiny, sticky, gray-green with darker concentric stripes.
The whitish pulp is compact, but slightly fragile, odorless, with a sharp peppery taste. At the break, the mushroom secretes a thick milky white juice, which, when dried, becomes olive green.
The plates are white, thin and frequent, slightly descending along the pedicle.
The leg is 4-6 cm in height, lighter than the cap, thick (up to 2.5 cm), sticky, smooth.
The spore powder is pale yellow, the spores are 7.5 × 6 μm, almost round, warty, veiny, amyloid.
Variation Color varies from grayish to dirty green. The leg is at first solid, then it becomes hollow. Whitish plates turn brown when touched. When cut, the pulp becomes grayish.
Ecology and distribution Forms mycorrhiza with deciduous trees, especially beech and birch. The fungus is usually found in small groups in deciduous forests, often in mountainous areas. Distributed in Europe and Asia.
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