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Western Amethyst Laccaria (Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis)

Western amethyst Laccaria (Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis) is a common Pacific Coast mushroom whose cap and shaggy stalk have a distinctly purplish hue. It tends to become more brown with age, but the gills retain their signature color. Though this edible species is relatively flavorless, it is said to have good texture.

Western amethyst Laccaria (Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis).  Amador County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0166
Western amethyst Laccaria (Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis). Amador County, California, USA.
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Western amethyst Laccaria (Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis).  Amador County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0168
Western amethyst Laccaria (Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis), field guide presentation showing the gills of a picked mushroom along with two specimens emerging from the ground. Amador County, California, USA.
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