Observation 75598: Lepista nuda (Bull.) Cooke
When: 2011-09-04
No herbarium specimen

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By: Drew Parker (mycotrope)
2011-09-07 21:39:07 CEST (+0200)

reports L. glaucocana from WA, MI, MA, and Europe, and indicates that it is microscopically the same as L. nuda, and therefore, older, faded specimens of nuda may be impossible to distinguish visually. (MatchMaker)

Agreed Dave
By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2011-09-07 20:42:33 CEST (+0200)

when i read Irenes description, I have not thought either of those properties for this mushroom. I find them with the caps washed out more often than not. So maybe I too am seeing a different species and not taking note….
But both smell the same to me.

Hmmm…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2011-09-07 20:38:45 CEST (+0200)

I’ve always thought of the smell of nuda (well, at least what I call nuda) as being musky. But, as has often been mentioned on this board, smell can be quite subjective.

I suppose that, for the time being, I’ll just continue to call my blewits “nuda.”

Haven’t been confident myself
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-09-07 18:49:31 CEST (+0200)

about glaucocana, but it’s said to have a different smell, aromatic to weakly farinaceous, not as burnt rubber like in nuda.

This is a new consideration
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2011-09-07 17:26:13 CEST (+0200)

for me. I believe that the name “glaucocana” is seen in Arora’s MD (my guides are at home and I am currently not at home). Once, many years back, I had IDed a large Lepista as per Arora. This was a very large robust tan “Blewit” that was found amongst underbrush in a field. Given what I now know about the differences between eastern and western NA species, that ID (based upon western information) was suspect.

But now there appears to be a new usage for “glaucocana.” So my answer to Irene’s question comes in the form of a question. Is L. glaucocana a species of mushroom that has been IDed in eastern NA? If so, then I am currently at a loss for distinguishing between L. nuda and L. glaucocana. Very purple Blewits often fade to a pale violet or tan.

The specimens seen here were newly emerged. So maybe there was no deep purple stage.

Looks very pale
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-09-07 08:36:37 CEST (+0200)

Are you sure it’s not glaucocana?

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