Laccaria amethystea

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Laccaria amethystea

12 October 2006 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Amethyst Deceiver

Cap

Convex, then flattened to depressed, often scurfy, purple, drying pale, to about 6 cm across

Gills

Broad, thick, distant, purple

Stem

Hollow, mealy at apex, purple, drying pale

Flesh

Pale violet, thin, rather rubbery especially in the stem

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Summer to early winter

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

In deciduous and coniferous woods

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores spherical, spiny (9-11) µm

Edibility

Edible but poor

Notes

This very common species is easily recognised by its rubbery flesh