Thorny milky (Lactarius spinosulus)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
- Order: Russulales
- Family: Russulaceae (Russula)
- Genus: Lactarius (Miller)
- Species: Lactarius spinosulus (Thorny Miller)
Thorny milky (lat.Lactarius spinosulus) is a mushroom of the genus Miller (lat.Lactarius) of the russula family (lat.Russulaceae).
Thorny lactarius cap: Diameter 2-5 cm, flat or convex in youth, with a tucked edge, with age it becomes prostrate or even funnel-shaped, often with an uneven edge, on which slight pubescence is noticeable. The color is pink-red, with pronounced zoning. The surface of the cap is dry, slightly hairy. The pulp is thin, whitish, gray at the break. Milky juice is white, not pungent.
Plates: Yellowish, of medium thickness and frequency, adherent.
Spore Powder: Pale ocher.
Thorny milky leg: Height 3-5 cm, thickness up to 0.8 cm, cylindrical, hollow, often curved, cap color or lighter, with fragile pulp.
Distribution: The prickly milky is found in August-September in deciduous and mixed forests, mycorrhiza with birch.
Similar species: First of all, the prickly lacquer is similar to a pink wave (Lactarius torminosus), although the similarity is purely superficial – the fragility of the structure, weak pubescence of the cap, yellowish plates and stem, even in young specimens, do not allow mistakes. From other small lacticates of a similar color, the prickly lactate differs in a very distinct zoning of the cap: the dark red concentric zones on it are more pronounced than even in the pink wave.
Edible: Considered an inedible mushroom. However, according to some authors, it is quite edible, suitable for pickles.
Remarks A scattering of small pink-red mushrooms, downwardly surprisingly similar to the cubs of a wave, make a strange and even slightly unpleasant impression: this is how dwarfs dressed up as children could look like. However, if you remember that the prickly milkman is encountered less often than the wave, then meeting with him can also please. Moreover, in a common barrel they, despite the declared inedibility, are no worse (though not better) than all other 'little milkmen'.