Laccaria laccata    (Scop.:Fr.) Cooke 

common name(s) : Deceiver, The Deceiver 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Hydnangiaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Tricholomatales/Tricholomataceae/Tricholomatoideae/Laccariae  

synonyms: Clitocybe laccata, Laccaria laccata-laccata 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Laccaria tetraspora)  

edibility : edible

photo gallery of  Laccaria laccata
photo gallery of  Laccaria laccata potential confusions with  Laccaria laccata toxicity of Laccaria laccata genus Laccaria  

The cap is red-brown to brick red or flesh pink, convex then flattened to depressed; its margin is striate in damp weather, often wavy. The cap surface is smooth, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is red-brown, almost same colour as cap, often twisted, without ring.

The flesh is pinkish, unchanging; its taste is mild, faint or not distinctive; the odour is weak or not distinctive; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are pinkish, adnate to decurrent, distant (nb of gills per 90° ~ 9 ). The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal or saprophytic. It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved or coniferous woods, open areas, heaths, on a rather variable soil, with poplar, chestnut, oak, fir, beech, willow, alder, birch.

The fruiting period takes place from May to December.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 3.5 cm (between 1 and 8 cm)
  height of stem approximately 7 cm (between 3 and 10.5 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 6 mm (between 2 and 10 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : Red brown to pink red, or pale ochre yellow when dry; fleshy pink gills, thick and distant; stem and cap of same colour; tough stem; frequent and variable in appearance; usually favouring wet areas of forests and heaths

Laccaria laccata is frequent and very widely present in the forest of Rambouillet, and is very frequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Laccaria laccata in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Laccaria laccata in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18