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Laccaria amethystina (Huds.) Cooke (Amethyst Deceiver)

Date 20 October 2007
OS grid ref SU76
Lat/Lon 51° 20' N, 0° 60' W
Location Vice County: North Hants, VC12, England
Voucher 20/10/2007[F]
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Stage or state Fruitbody
Record Summary Specimen with contorted cap
Identification Notes: A specimen with strongly contorted cap. Microscopic examination of a gill fragment squash prep in Phloxine failed to reveal any heterobasidiomycete basidia, nor any anomalous spores (except a few Boletoid contaminants). So unusual shape seems to be a growth form, not parasitism.

Basidia: 4-spored.
Spores: spherical, densely echinate.

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