Lactarius gerardii var. gerardii has a dry, somewhat velvety, WRINKLED brownish cap. In one variety its latex is white and unchanging. In another the latex turns pinkish-brown over time (Lactarius gerardii var. subrufescens). The white gills are well-spaced. The stem is brown like the cap and plicate at the apex. It hollows with age. This mushroom is found in both deciduous and coniferous woods. Edible. It is easily confused with Lactarius lignyotus.