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Amethyst Deceiver

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Very common and beautifully coloured, although the colour can be deceptive in photographs.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Amethyst Deceiver
Scientific Name Laccaria amethystina
Season Start Jun
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 12
Average Cap width (CM) 6
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

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

Gills deep purple/lilac when young fading to pale brown/tan. Widely spaced, broad and irregular with shorter gills in-between.

Stem

Deep purple/lilac when young fading to pale brown/tan. Fibrous, usually twisted and sometimes hollow.

Flesh

Purple can be white with a purple flush.

Habitat

Mixed woodland, particularly with oak and beech.

Possible Confusion

Looks a little like 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.
When young the deep purple of this mushroom is quite distinctive but caution should be taken with older specimens.

Spore Print

White. Globose with spines.

Taste / Smell

Mildly nutty/mushroomy and keeps its colour when cooked so a bright addition to any meal.

Frequency

Common.

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