Putik (Lactarius rufus) photo and description

Path (Lactarius rufus)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
  • Order: Russulales
  • Family: Russulaceae (Russula)
  • Genus: Lactarius (Miller)
  • Species: Lactarius rufus (Path)
    Other names for the mushroom:

  • Bitter
  • Red bitter
  • Goryanka


  • Redhead

  • Bitter milk

  • Gorchak

  • Goryanka

  • Path


Putik ( lat.Lactarius rufus ) is a mushroom of the genus Millechnik (Lactarius) of the family Russulaceae.


Bitter's hat up to 12 cm in diameter, flat-convex, funnel-shaped with age, fleshy, dry, red-brown, matte, with a sharp tubercle in the middle, around which it is depressed. It is characteristic that in mature specimens it is colored dark red or red-brown. Lighter circular areas are sometimes possible. The surface is finely grooved, has a dull matte color.

Bitter pulp is thin, with a resinous wood scent. The milky juice is pungent, pungent, white, very abundant. The plates are narrow, frequent, at first reddish-yellow, later reddish-brown, in old age with a whitish bloom, slightly descending along the stem. The spore powder is whitish.

Peduncle, up to 10 cm long, up to 2 cm thick, cylindrical, white-tomentose, pubescent at the base, solid at a young age, later hollow. Young mushrooms have a whitish surface, older ones are pinkish or rusty-red. The leg can be painted in the same way as the cap.



The word rufus in the name of the mushroom means "redhead".


Putik is like an edible mushroom, often referred to the fourth category. It is used in salted and pickled form after preliminary processing - thorough boiling or soaking. In saline, it becomes dark brown.

In medicine

The pout (Lactarius rufus) contains an antibiotic substance that adversely affects a number of bacteria, as well as inhibits the growth of Staphylococcus aureus cultures.

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