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Laccaria amethystea.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Amethyst deceiver, Clitocybe laqué améthyste, Laccaria amethystina, Laccaria laccata var. amethystina, Violetter Lacktrichterling
Laccaria amethystea 3 Mushroom
Ref No: 9055
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Laccaria amethystea Mushroom
Ref No: 9056
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Edible
fungus colour: Violet or purple
normal size: Less than 5cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Simple stem
flesh: Flesh fibrous usually pliable (like grass)
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Laccaria amethystea (Bull. ex Mérat) Murr. syn. Laccaria laccata var. amethystina ([Huds.] Cke.) Rea New syn. Laccaria amethystina Violetter Lacktrichterling Clitocybe laqué améthyste Amethyst deceiver. Cap 1–4.5cm across, convex to flattened or centrally depressed, deep purplish-lilac when moist drying pale lilac-buff, surface slightly scurfy at centre especially with age. Stem 40–100 x 5–10mm, concolorous with stem, covered in whitish fibres below but mealy near the apex, base covered in lilac down, passing into the lilac mycelium. Flesh thin, tinged lilac, stem becoming hollow. Taste and smell not distinctive. Gills often distant, concolorous with cap, becoming powdered white. Spore print white. Spores globose, spiny, 9–11m in diameter. Habitat coniferous or deciduous woods, often with beech. Season late summer to early winter. Very common. Edible. (Never eat any mushroom until you are certain it is edible as many are poisonous and some are deadly poisonous.) Distribution, America and Europe.

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Stuart Bates (United Kingdom) - 06 September 2010

Laccaria amethystea found amongst Beech litter in Swallow's Wood, Hollingworth.
Laccaria amethystea
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