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Amethyst Deceiver

Laccaria amethystina


A small brightly colored, edible mushroom, that grows in deciduous as well as coniferous forests. Because its bright amethyst coloration fades with age and weathering, it becomes difficult to identify, hence the common name ‘Deceiver’. This common name is shared with its close relation Laccaria laccata that also fades and weathers. It is found mainly in Northern temperate zones, though it is reported to occur in tropical Central and South America as well. Recently, some of the other species in the genus have been given the common name of "deceiver".

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45 Comments (1–25)

chebeague16 10 years ago

This is mind blowing

LarsKorb 11 years ago

Thank you Leana and Daniel

DanielHernández 11 years ago


Congratulations Lars!

LarsKorb 11 years ago

Thanks a lot :)

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Your hard work has paid off, Lars! Congratulations! Enjoying all your photos and fungus at your FB page. This is a stunning color. It seems like a rare color in nature. I certainly haven't seen purple. Wonderful series.

Ryan21 11 years ago

Congratulations for the SOTD!

LarsKorb 11 years ago

Thanks again to all

arlanda 11 years ago

Beautiful Laccaria, Lars. Congratulations

MaryIsis 11 years ago

SOOO pretty!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 11 years ago


MayraSpringmann 11 years ago

Wow!!! Wonderful violet!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago

Nice one Lars!

LarsKorb 11 years ago

Thank you all a lot :)

Jeannette 11 years ago

Congratulations Lars :)

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Congrats Lars! This is one beautiful and unique spotting.

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 11 years ago

Felicitaciones desde Costa Rica por el SOTD.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 11 years ago

I wish I could keep it on my table. It's lovely! Congrats Lars. :)

LarsKorb 11 years ago

Oh - I am surprised. :)
Thanks a lot for featuring a shroom again as a SOTD - the fungi world deserves a bit more attention.
This one is just one example of the stunning diversity of shapes, colors and benefits fungi come along with. I learned to love shooting them.
Thanks again for featuring and all the nice comments.

SOTD ,one more Lars :) great work,congrats again

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Congratulations Lars! What an other-worldly mushroom, fantastic.

Atul 11 years ago

Awesome and absolutely deserving SOTD:))

ShaumingLo 11 years ago

Beautiful spotting LARS, love the color, congrats!!!!!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Congrats Lars. Amazing coloured mushroom.

Pochempie 11 years ago

Hey LarsKolb,

Amazing spotting, can you tagg my mission with the mushroom?
Many thanks!

Spotted by

Sachsenwald, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Spotted on Oct 10, 2012
Submitted on Oct 10, 2012

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