The Deceiver Laccaria laccata


The Deceiver (Laccaria laccata)
Discovered on nature reserve. 23rd November 2011. © Peter Hillman
The Deceiver (Laccaria laccata)
Discovered on nature reserve. 23rd November 2011. © Peter Hillman

This is a very variable and changeable mushroom depending on the weather conditions and its age. The cap 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.

Very common and widespread throughout Britain.


Size
Cap 2-7 cm in diameter
Stem 5-10 cm tall, 6-10 mm in diameter

When to see it
June to November.

Where to see it
Usually found in large troops in woodland, often along rides, or on heaths.

Class
Agaricomycetes

Order
Agaricales (Gilled mushrooms)

Family
Hydnangiaceae


More photos

The Deceiver (Laccaria laccata)
Discovered on nature reserve.
23rd November 2011. © Peter Hillman
The Deceiver (Laccaria laccata)
Discovered on nature reserve.
23rd November 2011. © Peter Hillman
The Deceiver (Laccaria laccata)
Discovered on nature reserve.
18th November 2011. © Peter Hillman