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A genus of small mushrooms, common throughout New Zealand. Ectomycorrhizal, the genus includes some 'early succession' species found in nurseries and disturbed sites. The mushrooms are either brownish or purplish in colour, with a waxy feel to the gills. The spores have spine-like ornamentations which are amyloid in Meltzer's reagent.
Fourteen species have been reported from New Zealand, but there is doubt about the true dentity of some of the New Zealand taxa. Only those listed below have descriptions or images available from NZFungi.

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 Laccaria canaliculata  
 Laccaria echinospora  
 Laccaria fibrillosa  
 Laccaria fraterna  
 Laccaria glabripes  
 Laccaria laccata  
 Laccaria laccata
 Laccaria laccata var. pallidifolia  
 Laccaria lilacina  
 Laccaria masoniae  
 Laccaria masoniae var. brevispinosa  
 Laccaria masoniae var. masoniae  
 Laccaria ohiensis  
 Laccaria ohiensis var. paraphysata  
 Laccaria proxima  
 Laccaria pumila  
 Laccaria sp. 'Lincoln (PDD80630)'  
 Laccaria tortilis  
 Laccaria violaceonigra