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Laccaria laccata

Common Name: Common Laccaria

Synonyms:

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Pinkish

Comments: 

This mushroom can have quite a bit of variation, but the slightly waxy pink gills and the terrestrial habitat should lead you towards the genus Laccaria. To confirm L. laccata, first look at the cap. It should not be strongly lined. Next look at the mycelium at the base of the mushroom. It should be white, lacking any purple tones. If you have all of these features, then it is a good bet you have L. laccata. 

Lookalikes: 

Many other species of Laccaria. Microscopic work may be necessary to delineate species further. L. tortilis has 2-spored basidia and larger spores. L. ohiensis has a strongly lined cap and spores that have spines with wide bases. L. striatula has a longer red-brown stem that contrasts with the color of the cap. Several other species grow primarily under conifers. 

Photos:

Laccaria laccata

Laccaria laccata

Laccaria laccata

These are the small form of L. laccata. It also has a growth form a bit larger.

4/20/12 - Fairfax SRA - Monroe County, IN

Laccaria laccata

Laccaria laccata

5/14/12 - Griffy Reservoir - Bloomington, IN

Laccaria laccata

Laccaria laccata

10/7/12 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN

 

Other Sightings:

9/29/12 - Ross Hills Park - West Lafayette, IN