Scurfy Deceiver - Laccaria proxima

    Description

    Cap 2 to 8 cm in diameter, initially convex and become flat-topped at maturity, often with a depressed centre and a down-turned rim; the cap surface is very distinctly scurfy (scaly), particularly so towards the centre. During wet weather young caps of Laccaria proxima are deep tan or reddish-brown, but during dry spells the caps become much paler buff and eventually almost white.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Most common in areas where the soil is acidic, in broadleaf and coniferous woodland and on heathland.

    When to see it

    June to November.

    Life History

    All Laccaria species are ectomycorrhizal fungi, forming symbiotic relationships with forest trees or ericaceous plants.

    UK Status

    Widely distributed across Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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