Small, brownish pink cap with a central depression; the gills and stalk are a pale pinkish brown. Grows scattered or in groups in poor or sandy soil in mixed woods. June–November. Cap convex to flat with a central depression; brownish pink, becoming pinkish, then off-white; texture smooth; margin curves in at first, becoming finely wavy. Gills thick; width broad; spacing distant; pale pinkish brown; gills attached or slightly descending the stalk. Stalk with sides fairly equal (neither swollen nor very tapered); light brownish to tawny to pinkish; texture tough, fibrous. Spore print white. Spores magnified are broadly elliptical, spiny, colorless.
Lookalikes: Other Laccaria species, none of which are known to be poisonous.
Habitat and Conservation
Mushrooms are a lot like plants, but they lack chlorophyll and have to take nutrients from other materials. Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. They are in a different kingdom — the fungi. Fungi include the familiar mushroom-forming species, plus the yeasts, molds, smuts, and rusts.
Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Be absolutely sure of the ID, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction..