Amazing Nature . . . . The ‘Deceiver’

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Laccaria amethystina (Aamethyst deceiver)

Laccaria amethystina, commonly known as the Aamethyst deceiver, is a small brightly colored mushroom, growing in deciduous and coniferous forests of Europe, Asia, Central, South, and eastern North America. The Amethyst Deceiver was first described in 1778 by the English botanist William Hudson, who named it Agaricus amethystinus. If you’re wondering about its common name, it’s due to its bright amethyst coloration which fades away with age and weathering, making it difficult to identify after that – hence the name “deceiver”. This mushroom’s cap measures about 2 to 7 cm in diameter, and is initially convex and becomes almost flat-topped at maturity. During wet weather, the young caps are a deep purple in color while during dry spells, the caps and stems turn much paler to eventually almost white.

Credit: Laccaria amethystina

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