Very common and beautifully coloured, although the colour can be deceptive in photographs.
|Common Names||Amethyst Deceiver|
|Scientific Name||Laccaria amethystina|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||12|
|Average Cap width (CM)||6|
Convex to flattened with depressed centre and even upturned edges, often becoming deformed with age. Deep purple/lilac when young fading to pale brown/tan.
Gills deep purple/lilac when young fading to pale brown/tan. Widely spaced, broad and irregular with shorter gills in-between.
Deep purple/lilac when young fading to pale brown/tan. Fibrous, usually twisted and sometimes hollow.
When young the deep purple of the Amethyst Deceiver is quite distinctive. Caution should be taken with older specimens however as the whole mushroom can fade and look more tinged then purple. The fading can make identification less sure as there could easily be a confusion with the potentially deadly Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina, pictured, but this mushroom has off white or grey gills whereas the Amethyst Deceiver has the same colour in the cap, gills and stem.
White. Globose with spines.
Taste / Smell
Mildly nutty/mushroomy and keeps its colour when cooked so a bright addition to any meal.