Bicoloured Deceiver

Laccaria bicolor

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Bicoloured Deceiver Laccaria bicolor (Maire) P.D. Orton syn. L. proxima var. bicolor (Maire) Kühner & Romagn. (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 2–4.5cm across, convex then flattened, often centrally depressed with an incurved margin; ochraceous-tan, drying pinkish to ochraceous-buff; scurfy. Stem 50–140×4–10mm; ochraceous-buff to rusty tan; fibrillose, with distinctive lilac down covering the lower third. Flesh whitish, tinged pinkish to ochraceous; thin; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills pale lilac at first, becoming clay-lilac and finally pallid. Spores 7–9.5×6–7.5¼, broadly elliptical to subglobose, spiny. Spore print white. Habitat in mixed birch and pine woods; late summer to autumn. Occasional. Edible but not worthwhile.