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fungi Amethyst Deceivers

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Scientific name:  Laccaria amethystea

Size:  Grows to approximately 10cm tall.  Cap up to 6cm across

Distribution:  Found throughout the U.K.

Months seen:  August to November

Habitat:  Often found near beech trees, but can be found in most woodlands

Special features:  The Amethyst Deceiver is a lovely deep violet colour when moist, and dries to a powdery lilac colour.  The stem is covered in tiny whitish hairs and the deep, purple coloured gills are quite widely spaced.  The gills are alternately short then long.  The spores are white in colour and you can sometimes see these on the purple coloured gills.

Similar species include the poisonous Lilac Fibrecap (Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina), however this releases brown cloured spores.

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