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Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina)

Observed: 15th October 2012 By: stevenelawsonstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina)
amethyst deceiver gills
amethyst deceiver spore print and hygrophanous cap
amethyst deceiver

Found beneath a small oak tree. After leaving the cap under glass for several hours to obtain spore print (very pale lilac, almost invisible) the cap had gone from a deep purple to a light brown, confirming the hygrophanous nature of Amethyst Deceivers.
In the early morning light in which I found this, the purple/lilac gills looked magnificent.


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jhn7's picture

Lovely photos!

What a beautiful species!

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Fenwickfield's picture


Lovely colour one of my Favourite fungi,if you can try and put two pieces of paper taped together on light and on dark and place the cap over both,this helps if the spore print is light it shows up better on the dark paper and vice versa.The big supermarkets or cheap shops poundstretcher sell A4 packs of coloured card for craft's ect.

Sorry to bore you but I have had the same problem in the past with spore prints.