Laccaria purpureobadia

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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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 30–60×3–8mm; 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 7–10.5×6–8¼, ovoid to broadly elliptical or subglobose, spiny. Spore print white. Habitat in damp, peaty ground near birch and alder trees; autumn. Uncommon. Unknown edibility.