Western Amethyst Deceiver

  • cap, gills, and stem are purple
  • gills are well-spaced
  • stem is tough and grooved/striate
  • spore deposit is white
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Look-alikes in Washington

Only young, violet-colored specimens should be collected for food, rather than those that have turned brownish; brownish specimens have number of potentially poisonous look-alikes that are not covered here. The common and poisonous Mycena pura can be similar-looking when it is young and still violet. It differs in that the cap is smaller, the stem is whitish, and it smells and tastes strongly of radishes. A number of other inedible/toxic species of Cortinarius and Inocybe are purplish and superficially similar but do not match all the key characteristics.

See also Laccaria laccata.

Related topics: Edible Plants of PNW - Edible Berries of PNW - Edible Seashore of PNW
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