Norris's picture

Fungus (defintely) at base of wall

Observed: 27th January 2011 By: Norris
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Description:

about 2cm in diameter, growing at the base of a limestone wall with Elder. Not the best of photos as it was the only one growing.

Identifications

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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Norris's picture

nice one - ta.

nice one - ta.

BDeed's picture

What's the best way to

What's the best way to differentiate between this and an Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystea), which i probably would have id'd this as?

(Due to small size, shaded location at base of vegitation, slight greying of cap and shape of cap)

flaxton's picture

You are right that this is a

You are right that this is a particularly small specimen for L nuda which would normally be 5-10 cm. The easiest way to tell the difference is to look at the gills. With Laccaria they are widely spaced and adnate-decurrent and Lepista has much more crowded gills which are emarginate.
Another pointer is the greasy look to the cap which is more in keeping with Lepista.
I will post a photo of both.