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Laccaria amethystina (Hudson 1778) Cooke 1884

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Laccaria amethystina (Hudson 1778) Cooke 1884
Syn.: Laccaria amethystea
Common names: Amethyst deceiver, Purple deceiver [En], Laccaire améthyste [Fr], Amethistzwam, Rodekoolzwam [Nl], Violetter Lacktrichterling [De]

Tervuren, BRABANT ● Belgium

Description: This little mushroom is easily recognized: it has thick purple gills, a white spore print, and a small cap that is initially purple but soon fades to buff or brownish.
The cap is 0.5-3.5 cm; broadly convex to flat; often with a central depression; the margin even or inrolled, not lined, or slightly lined at maturity; finely hairy-scaly, or nearly bald; bright grayish purple, fading to buff; changing color markedly as it dries out (often resulting in "two-toned" specimens).
The gills are attached to the stem, or rarely running down it; distant or nearly so; thick; waxy; dark purple or colored like the cap. The stem is 1-7 cm long; 1-7 mm thick; equal or slightly swollen at the base; finely to coarsely hairy or scaly; colored like the cap; with lilac to whitish basal mycelium.

Biology: It grows alone, scattered, or gregariously, on late spring and summer.

Habitat: Mycorrhizal with hardwoods (especially partial to oaks and beech);

Distribution: Temperate zones of Europe, Asia, Central, South, and eastern North America.

Caution: As with other members of the genus Laccaria, this species is edible,
though generally not considered a choice edible. While not inherently toxic, in soils that are polluted with arsenic, it can bioaccumulate a high concentration of that compound.

References:
Wikipedia, Laccaria amethystine
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