The genus name of this mushroom refers to the “milky” latex that quickly flows when the flesh of the mushroom is cut or broken. Locally known in Southwest Virginia as swamps or bradleys, Lactarius volemus is an edible mushroom species. The top of the cap is burnt orange and smooth when young; the rim is rolled under. The cap usually develops a depression in the middle as it grows. The gills are creamy white to light yellow and discolor to brown when bruised (see the plate of mushrooms in the gallery).
Bradleys are mycorrhizal on tree roots. They can be found in summer and fall, growing on the ground in local deciduous or coniferous forests. Other common (and appropriate) names include tawny milk cap or weeping milk cap.