Observation 184836: Lepista nuda (Bull.) Cooke

When: 2014-10-21

Collection location: Fulton Co., Georgia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Pandra (Pandra)

Specimen available

-Ecology was north facing slope of a moist hardwood forest
-Collected growing out of hardwood leaf duff and leaves
-Pileus whitish with lilac and tan tones,
-Cap 4.5 inches across, flattened , wavy
-Lamellae fine, close, with short gills, notched adjacent to stem, attached.
-Stipe fibrous, whitish and lilac streaked, no sign of annulus or veil
-Mycelium pinkish to pink-lilac
-Flesh whitish with lilac undertones, fragrant, pleasant
-Spore print pale pinkish-brown.

Many of the species descriptors are consistent with Lepista nuda. However we have questions as to the color of the spore print. Verbal descriptors are confusing and hardly accurate when it comes to color.


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Spore print
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Side view
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Pileus view
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Mycelium view
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Lamellae view
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Cross section of cap

Proposed Names

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Used references: mushroomexpert.com, robertsmushrooms.com, Mushroom Hunter – Lincoff, Organic mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation- Cotter, 100 Edible Mushrooms – Kuo, Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America-Fischer&Bessette

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Other Lepistas…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-10-24 06:25:24 PDT (-0700)

have prints with similar color. L. tarda prints look very much like L. nuda. L. irina is also very similar, maybe a bit lighter. Further confounding this is that L. nuda print color seems to vary from the pinkish/tannish seen in this obs to occasionally much lighter pinkish-buff. Maybe there’s actually more than one species currently lumped into the name Lepista nuda? Other mushrooms that have similarly colored prints are Clitocybe sunconnexa, Rhodocollybia butyracea, and a few others from these genera. In the past, I have confused C. subconnexa with L. irina.

I think that if people agreed to use a color identification device such as the Online Auction Color Chart, maybe we could avoid the confusion associated with discussing color, particularly when color is visually interpreted from a photograph viewed on a computer monitor. I have offered this suggestion on MO in the past, but it was met with disapproval.

spore color and mycelium color
By: Pandra (Pandra)
2014-10-24 05:43:41 PDT (-0700)

I sent this selection of images to Dr. Kuo; he thought that the pink mycelium were a very good indication that the mushroom was indeed Lepista nuda. It would beinteresting if we could see a comparison of spore prints from the other look alikes. Word descriptions of colors are extremely open to interpretation and end up vague or confusing.

Older specimens like this one…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-10-22 18:48:09 PDT (-0700)

can be trickier to ID. But I think this is an example of L. nuda. Spore print looks like a good match. Description of spore print color is elusive, like you suggest Pandra. Here’s a photo I posted a few years back.

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