Observation 222134: Lepista (Fr.) W.G. Sm.
When: 2015-11-06
No herbarium specimen

Notes: 1. Growing from 1-year-old coniferous chips compost pile, bordering open yard area, surrounded by typical hardwood trees of the Catskill forest of New York.
2. Stem is fibrous
3. Adnexed attached gills with no veil
4. Incurve margin
5. Thick sturdy white flesh and wavy cap
6. Does not ooze any liquid when cut
7. Cut cap has a nice common mushroom smell
8. Most caps are approximately 5"-6" in diameter
9. Spores are pale tan color

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Recognized by sight: “Blewits” are known to fade to a very pale color.

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None of the Lepista species…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-11-09 19:19:41 EST (-0500)

are known to be poisonous (although some individuals are apparently sensitive to at least some Lepistas). Aside from the very pale (virtually white) Lepista irina, I believe that most of the Lepistas observed in eastern NA probably represent L. nuda. I collect ones that range in color from deep purple to pale tannish (like the ones seen here). Moisture content seems to play a role in color, possibly also temperature. I seem to find the purplest ones in damp cool weather.

Thorough cooking is recommended, and of course initially a small amount.

How do I determine the specie of this mushroom?
By: fancillotti
2015-11-09 17:02:27 EST (-0500)

There was no noticeable purple/lavender on these mushrooms at any stage of their development that I could see. I would love to cook some up, but I’m a little nervous. Any further assistance would be much appreciated.

how do I determine the specie of this mushroom?
By: fancillotti
2015-11-09 17:02:25 EST (-0500)

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