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The Deceiver

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Called the Deceiver as it looks like many other small fungi and can be various hues and colours.

Mushroom Type
Common Names The Deceiver, Waxy Laccaria
Scientific Name Laccaria laccata
Season Start Jun
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
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, can have undulating edges with age. Red/orange/salmon pink/brown but fading with age.

Gills

Gills red/orange/salmon pink/brown. Widely spaced, broad and irregular with shorter gills in between.

Stem

Red/orange/salmon pink/brown. Fibrous, twisted, tough and quite often hollow.

Flesh

Red/brown to pale.

Habitat

Mixed wood and heathland, parks and paths. Usually in large numbers when found.

Possible Confusion

A few species of small mushrooms look similar so be sure of the identity before consuming.

Spore Print

White, cream/yellow. Globose to subglobose with spines.

Taste / Smell

OK but best added to other mushroom dishes to make up the numbers. Use only the caps as the stems are fibrous.

Frequency

Common.

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