14 gorgeous mushrooms that show fungi's glamorous side

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3. Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina)

Ranging in cap size from .3 to 2.5 inches, amethyst deceivers can be found in deciduous as well as coniferous forests. And while the name of this purple beauty sounds like a femme fatale spy from an old intrigue novel, the truth is slightly less sexy – as L. amethystina ages, the signature hue fades, making it hard to identify.

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