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Purple fungus

Observed: 5th August 2011 By: Paula Kirby
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Distinctively deep purple fungus, close to footpath through mixed woodland (mostly pine, but some silver birch, beech, etc). Gills also exactly the same shade of deep purple. Stem also predominantly same deep purple, with some whitish areas. Growing freely (not attached to wood). Shallow convex cap with slightly frilly edge. I haven't seen anything like this before, though these woods are home to a huge variety of different fungi.


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Paula Kirby's picture

Purple fungus

It was just these 3 individuals - they weren't part of a large group.

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Purple fungus

Thank you very much! I'd looked at Amethyst Deceiver in my tiny Mushrooms guide book, but didn't think it could be that at first, because the photo there seemed to be much greyer and duller than the fungi I'd seen. But following the Encyclopaedia of Life link above, I see that they're a much more definite purple when young, and greyer when older.

It's a beautiful fungus - I'm glad to have made its acquaintance! Thanks again.

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They're not called -

"Deceivers" for nothing. I only know the Deceiver L. laccata and this species, but they are both very variable.