Scurfy Deceiver

Laccaria proxima


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Scurfy Deceiver Laccaria proxima (Boud.) Pat. (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 2–7cm across, convex then more flattened and often centrally depressed; reddish-brown, drying to almost ochraceous-buff; scurfy. Stem 30–120Γ—2–5mm, thicker towards the base; concolorous with cap; fibrillose, base covered in white down. Flesh whitish, tinged with cap colour; thin; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills pale pink. Spores 7–9.5Γ—6–7.5ΒΌ, broadly ovate, spiny. Spore print white. Habitat in poor soil on heaths or in bogs; autumn. Common. Edible.

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