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Wet Miller (Lactarius uvidus) Wet Miller (Lactarius uvidus) Wet Miller (Lactarius uvidus)

Wet Miller (Lactarius uvidus)


  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
  • Order: Russulales
  • Family: Russulaceae (Russula)
  • Genus: Lactarius (Miller)
  • Species: Lactarius uvidus (Wet Miller)

The following Latin and Russian terms are considered scientific synonyms for the name of the species:

  • Lilac milky (also called another species – Lactarius violascens);
  • Milk gray lilac;
  • Lactarius lividorubescens ;.

Wet Miller (Lactarius uvidus)

Wet milky (Lactarius uvidus) is a mushroom from the genus Millechnik, which is part of the Syroezhkovy family.

External description of the mushroom

The fruiting body of a wet lactarius consists of a stem and a cap. The height of the leg is 4-7 cm, and the thickness is 1-2 cm. Its shape is cylindrical, slightly expanding at the base. The structure at the leg is strong and durable and the surface is sticky.

It is very rare to meet this type of mushroom; a distinctive feature is the color of the cap, which varies from grayish to gray-purple. Its diameter is 4-8 cm, in young mushrooms it has a convex shape, which becomes prostrate over time. On the surface of the cap of old, mature mushrooms there is an indentation, as well as a wide flattened tubercle. The edges of the cap are bordered with small villi and bent. From above, the cap is covered with a grayish-steel skin, with a slight shade of purple. It is wet, sticky and smooth to the touch. These characteristics are especially common in humid climates. A vaguely expressed zoning sometimes appears on the surface of the cap.

The fungus hymenophore is represented by plates containing white spore powder. The plates themselves are small in width, are often located, slightly descend along the stem, initially have a white color, but turn yellow over time. When pressed and damaged, purple spots appear on the plates. The milky juice of the fungus is characterized by a white color, but under the influence of air it acquires a purple hue, its release is very abundant.

The structure of the mushroom pulp is spongy and tender. It does not have a characteristic and pungent smell, but the taste of the pulp is distinguished by its sharpness. In color, the pulp of the wet lactarius is white or slightly yellowish; in case of damage to the structure of the fruiting body, a shade of purple is mixed with the main color.

Habitat and period of fruiting

The fungus, called wet lactic acid, grows singly or in small groups, and is found in mixed and deciduous forests. You can see this mushroom near birches and willows, the fruiting bodies of the sharp lactarius are often found in humid areas covered with moss. The beginning of the fruiting season is in August, and it lasts throughout September.


Some sources say that the Wet Miller (Lactarius uvidus) belongs to the category of conditionally edible mushrooms. In other encyclopedias it is written that the mushroom has been little studied, and, possibly, has a certain amount of toxic substances, it can be slightly poisonous. For this reason, it is not recommended to eat it.

Similar species, distinctive features from them

The only species of fungi similar to the wet milky is the purple milky (Lactarius violascens), which grows only in coniferous forests.

Wet Miller (Lactarius uvidus) Wet Miller (Lactarius uvidus) Wet Miller (Lactarius uvidus)

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