The Deceiver – Laccaria laccata

This is a very variable and changeable mushroom depending on the weather conditions and its age. The cap grows up to 6cm across, and it can be red, orange, salmon pink, whitish or brown. The gills are deep and broad, and again vary in colour like the cap. The spores are white.

It can be seen June to November, and is usually found in large troops in woodland, often along rides, or on heaths. Very common and widespread.