Laccaria Sp

                                                                                                                                       Deceiver, Laccaria

                Edible

              Edible

 Laccaria Gills

Laccaria Gills

 Laccaria Cross Section

Laccaria Cross Section

  Laccaria Species   Photo Credit Bronte Kerr

Laccaria Species

Photo Credit Bronte Kerr

 

 Edibility

Its not uncommon to see a carpet of laccaria  when you head into a pine forest, although there are many species of laccaria in Australia they are all edible. In my opinion they are quite under rated and hold up well to frying and cooking in general due to its sinuous/fibrous stem. Although they are quite small it does not take long to gather enough for a meal.

My personal favourite way to eat them is to pickle and enjoy as an antipasto.

Habitat

Laccaria  are mycorrhizal meaning they grown on the roots of the host trees.

This mushroom grows in close proximity to pines and deciduous woodland trees but can really grow in abundance in pine forests. 

Description

Laccaria's meaning in Latin is varnished or shiny.

This is a good mushroom for beginners to identify due to easy access to pine forests and also their abundance within.

Laccaria's can vary quite considerable in colour from browns to pinks to purple have gills and are quite small mushrooms with a tough stem. Where you find them you will notice that some will tend to grow over the top of others, This means that spores will often be found on the tops of the smaller mushrooms adding to the chance of positively identifying them in the field. 

Appearance

THE CAP can range in colour from browns to pinks to purple.

The Cap can range in size from 0.5cm- 5cm starting out convexed and later becoming depressed with a wavey contorted margin.

Quite often you can see abnormalities in this mushroom possibly due to the diesel machinery used in the forests themselves, there will be many growing with an upturned cap ontop of the main cap! (see below)

 Laccaria Deformity

Laccaria Deformity

THE GILLS are pinky red in colour and quite distinctive to look at due to the broadness of the gills. The gills also have smaller gills interspersed between them (see gill pic top left) 

THE STEM is usually around 5cm-10cm long and 0.5cm-0.8cm in diameter, it is also cylindrical in shape. The stem itself is quite firm and fibrous and if you cut it lengthways you will see that it will be hollow inside. (see bottom left cross section pic)

Spore Colour  

White  

Distribution

WIDESPREAD

Lookalikes

There are lookalikes to this mushroom.

Gallerina  hypnorum being one. 

  Gallerina hypnorum

Gallerina hypnorum

 please use this reference as a tool for identification only and never eat any mushroom unless you do your own research and you are 100% sure. Remember if in doubt leave it out!