Author: Jan Scholten
Synonyme: Agaricus quietus; Galorrheus quietus; Lactifluus quietus.
English: Oak milkcap; Oakbug milkcap; Southern milkcap.
German: Eichen-Milchling; Rotbraune Eichen-Milchling.
Habitat: exclusively under oak trees, solitarily or in scattered groups.
Use: edible or inedible.
Lactarius quietus is a mycorrhizal fungus. The cap is convex or flat, dull reddish brown, dry matt surface, with concentric bands, ± 6 cm in diameter, with a thick layer of firm, whitish-buff flesh. The hymenium is decurrent. The stipe is bare, ± 6cm long, ± 15 mm thick. The gills are brownish-white, later pale reddish brown with mauve hints, slightly decurrent. The milk is white or cream, has a mild or slightly bitter taste. The spore print is cream. The mushroom s easily identified by its oily scent, a distinctive, strong oily smell, which has also been likened to bedbugs and wet laundry. The spores are oval, with plentiful warts joined by numerous ridges, forming a well-developed network.