Laccaria purpureobadia


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Laccaria purpureobadia D.A. Reid (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 2–5.5cm across, convex at first, sometimes with a broad umbo, soon becoming flattened and centrally depressed or wavy at the margin; dark purple-brown when moist, drying paler; becoming distinctly scurfy. Stem 30–60Γ—3–8mm; light vinaceous at the apex, becoming dark purple-brown towards the base; covered in short fibres. Flesh purplish-pink; thin; taste not distinctive, smell none. Gills pale pinkish at first, becoming brownish. Spores 7–10.5Γ—6–8ΒΌ, ovoid to broadly elliptical or subglobose, spiny. Spore print white. Habitat in damp, peaty ground near birch and alder trees; autumn. Uncommon. Unknown edibility.

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