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One small smudge on the base would be a random spot for spores to settle, especially with all those fibrils covering the stipe. Thanks for bringing P. nuda to my attention, it definitely looks like that’s what it is. Seems like it’s a popular mushroom. I wish I had paid it more attention.
Often has rusty stains (but not spores, and no true cortina) on the stipe and gill at maturity and especially in age, at least as represented by specimens around Santa Cruz.
a handsome purple lepista like this and the purple corts can be quite difficult to tell apart, esp. if you don’t do an “official” spore print. next time, take a bit of the cap and make a spore print on paper…goodness knows what stained this stipe, altho you had the right idea looking for spore clues on the mushroom itself. the thick white mycelia at the base is also characteristic for blewitts.
beautiful example of a blewitt.
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