Scurfy Deceiver - Laccaria proxima


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

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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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