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Amethyst Deceiver

Laccaria amethystina


The cap is 1–6 cm in diameter, and is initially convex, later flattening, and often with a central depression (navel). When moist it is a deep purplish lilac, which fades upon drying out. It is sometimes slightly scurfy at the center, and has pale striations at the margin. --Electronmicroscopic image of spores of Laccaria amethystina The stem is the same colour as the cap, and has whitish fibrils at the base, which become mealy at the top. It is fibrous, hollow, fairly tough when rolled in the fingers, with dimensions of 0.6 to 7 centimetres (0.24 to 2.8 in) long by 0.1 to 0.7 centimetre (0.039 to 0.28 in) thick. The flesh is without a distinctive taste or smell, and is thin, with pale lilac coloration. The gills are colored as the cap, often quite distantly spaced, and are dusted by the white spores; their attachment to the stem is sinuate—having a concave indentation before attaching to the stem


L. amethystina is a common species in most temperate zones of Europe, Asia, Central, South, and eastern North America. It grows solitary to scattered with a variety of deciduous and coniferous trees, with which it is mycorrhizally associated, though it most commonly occurs with trees in the Fagales. It appears in late summer to early winter, and often with beech; in Central and South America, it more commonly grows in association with oak. Research has shown that L. amethystina is a so-called "ammonia fungus", an ecological classification referring to those fungi that grow abundantly on soil after the addition of ammonia, or other nitrogen-containing material; the congeneric species Laccaria bicolor is also an ammonia fungus


Laccaria amethystina, commonly known as the Amethyst Deceiver is 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 --As with other members of the genus Laccaria, this species is edible, though generally not considered a choice edible. While not inherently toxic, in soils that are polluted with arsenic, it can bioaccumulate a high concentration of that compound

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AlexKonig 9 years ago

thx again

KarenL 9 years ago

Wow, stunning Alex!

ManuelBatista 9 years ago

you must be proud, really beautiful

Nicholas4 9 years ago

spectacular find

AlexKonig 9 years ago

thanks. and nok : ขอบคุณ

windmustache 9 years ago

Truly beautiful..!!

nok2007 9 years ago

สีสวย ^_^

@ alex zu deinem ps: wir sind zwar 2 schwestern, aber ich (monkey) hatte hier angefangen und begeisterte meine schwester für noah. aufgaben sind relativ klar... ich bin meist fürs suchen, beschreiben, identifizieren, meine schwester schiesst fotos (sie ist künstlerin) manchmal wechseln wir uns damit auch ab. der nüchterne blickwinkel ist meist meiner, sie hat die effektvollen bilder. :)
gruss aus Ö

AlexKonig 9 years ago

@ monkey-mind & nana-puppet (ich probier die ganze zeit schon, ein sinn daraus zuholen) ---> thanks, m&n, ja deutsch geht auch, bin gebürtiger deutscher, und seitdem ich seit 5 jahren in nl wohn (hier bekommt man alles im orignal-ton- synchronisieren keine filme) hör ich sehr viele verschiedene sprachen. wenn ich was nicht versteh, kommt da maximal ein untertitel drunter. Danke,danke, hatte schon was in der vorschau gesehen und das sah schon interessant aus. Werd die nächste tage probieren alles zu downloaden. herzlichsten dank für die mühe die du dir gemacht hast. bis zum nächsten mal. gruss aus holland . ps: was ich mich das letzte mal schon gefragt habe: wenn ihr 2 schwestern seit, wechselt ihr euch ab oder sind die aufgaben verteillt (1 uploaden/schreiben die andere suchen,foto,identifizieren) :) wie gesagt/geschrieben bis zum nachsten mal,gruss aus nl.

AlexKonig 9 years ago

thank you all. and @ juan, i personly love the first picture. but the 3 is a really nice picture of a fading one. mostly they dont look so nice!

the third picture is awsome too, I dont know which I like better, between the first and the third

AlexKonig 9 years ago

i know, it's my own but i love him!!

RobertShinn 9 years ago

beautiful Deceiver...!

birdlady6000 9 years ago

Thank you for this series showing the different ages of the mushroom. I just learned that there are probably over 1.3 million species of mushrooms in the world. No wonder I am having trouble identifying all of mine!!

chebeagueschool 9 years ago

thats a great spotting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ceherzog 9 years ago

Well, I walk my dog with me in the woods and she can certainly sniff out where other animals have urinated....thanks for the hint!

AlexKonig 9 years ago

try your best, search for the right trees and then " maybe" a place where you suspect ammonia (animal pee), i love them myself. and this time with really full colors.And when i rethink at the finding-spotts, i can think of these places as a dog-walking area.many peoples who let their dogs out there. good luck!!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Very pretty..hope I can find some here in Flanders :-)

Wow, thank you for sharing

ceherzog 9 years ago

What a gorgeous tiny mushroom. It occurs in Eastern NA so maybe some day I will find it...thanks for sharing.

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Lots of Information and a beautiful color.

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Spotted on Oct 23, 2011
Submitted on Oct 25, 2011

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