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Laccaria glabripes

Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Hydnangiaceae
Genus: Laccaria
Species: Laccaria glabripes
Common name: None

The genus Laccaria has about 95 species in it,  typically they have thick, widely spaced, purple to flesh-colored gills that are adnate to slightly decurrent in attachment. The spores are white.

Laccaria glabripes has a cap of 5 - 35mm indiameter, convex at first then flat topped. The cap is pinkish brown with a dark centre. It stands up to 60mm tall and the stalk is dark reddish brown. They are found in large numbers in mixed podocarp forests. It lives on the forest floor and was photographed July/August in the bush on the stream side Te Henui walkway under a beech tree.

Mid August


Early july cap still rounded

Cap has become flat topped