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Observation 311566: Laccaria laccata group

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The small size, association with hardwoods in eastern North America, and drab coloration point to the Laccaria laccata complex. According to, the caps of L. tortilis have vinaceous tones that other species in this complex lack. Vinaceous tones and very small size suggests that this observation could be L. tortilis. However, this species seems to typically have a more contorted cap with irregularly wavy, striate margins. The caps here aren’t particularly wavy and aren’t striate. For comparison, L. ohiensis also seems to have a more striate cap, So L. laccata might be the safest bet here. Although, I’m unsure whether or not these species can be reliably differentiated without microscopy.


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