The Deceiver - Laccaria laccata

    Alternative names
    Deceiver Fungus

    Cap up to 6 cm. This orange brown (sometimes pinkish or cinnamon) cap changes colour depending on whether it is wet or dry, and often appears scurfy. It has thick and almost waxy, flesh-coloured gills. The stipe is the same colour as the cap and is usually curved or twisted and fibrous.

    Identification difficulty

    Found in scattered troops in wooded areas, and on heaths often in poor soil.

    When to see it

    Can be found from spring until autumn

    UK Status

    Very common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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