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Laccaria laccata   (Common Laccaria)
North America, Europe
Cap 1.5-6 cm diameter, stem 5-10 cm tall * 0.6-1 cm thick

Laccaria laccata, also know as Common Laccaria, is a smallish agaric that is reddish-brown throughout and has distant thickish gills and a fibrous stem. It grows in scattered trooping groups on soil in mixed woods and on heaths.

Cap typically reddish brow, but may be shades of pink-brown. It has a toothed margin and a slight depression in the center. Gills colored as cap, but becoming powdered white with spores, adnate, thick, broad distant. Stem colored as cap, robust and strongly fibrillose, often twisted and laterally compressed. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Laccaria bicolor has contrasting, pale blue gills. Laccaria proxima is larger with more fibrillose stem. Laccaria ochropurpurea is much larger and has purple gills.

Laccaria laccata on the First Nature Web site.
Laccaria laccata on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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