Laccaria laccata

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Laccaria laccata

21 October 2005 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Deceiver

Cap

Convex, then flattened or depressed, often wavy at the margin, often radially lined at the margin, orange red to brick red, drying pale, to about 5 cm across

Gills

Broad, thick, distant, pinkish

Stem

Slender, tough, +/- equal, concolorous with the cap

Flesh

Thin, elastic in the stem, pinkish-brown

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Summer to early winter

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

In woods and on heaths and moorland

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores spherical, spiny (7-10) µm

Edibility

Edible but poor

Notes

The common name is highly apt for this extremely variable species. Take care not to confuse with Tubaria furfuracea and T. confragosa which grow on woody debris