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14 bizarre and beautiful mushrooms

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on April 17, 2014, 2:54 p.m.
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Laccaria amethystina

The amethyst deceiver is a purple beauty found in forests in North America, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia. It is vividly purple when young, but loses the bright color as it ages, making it more difficult to identify and thus is a "deceiver." Though it is edible, it isn't a good choice to eat because pollutants in the soil, such as arsenic, can bioaccumulate in the mushroom.