One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large woodland toadstool with a concave cap, the flesh of which exudes a white or coloured milky fluid when cut.
Genus Lactarius, family Russulaceae, class Hymenomycetes: several species, including the edible saffron milk cap (L. deliciosus)
- ‘Thus we still have ‘orange agaric’ as a common name for both the oronge, Amanita caesarea, and the saffron milk cap, Lactarius deliciosus; and ‘fly agaric’ as the name for Amanita muscaria, a harmful species.’
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