Twisted Deceiver

Laccaria tortilis

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Twisted Deceiver Laccaria tortilis (Bolton) Cooke (illustrated life size) Cap 0.5–1.5cm across, flattened to centrally depressed, irregularly wavy at margin; pale pinkish-brown, when moist more reddish and striate from margin to centre, drying paler flesh-pink and scurfy. Stem 2–10×1–2mm; concolorous with cap; base covered in fine, white down. Flesh concolorous; thin; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills distant; pale pink. Spores 11–14¼ in diameter, globose, spiny. Spore print white. Basidia 2-spored. Habitat on bare soil in damp woods, often on banks of streams or ponds; autumn. Occasional. Edible.