A very pretty and often overlooked coral mushroom, this fungus is often found in my experience on the edges of sand dunes where the dune is being reclaimed by forest. Usually in association with Douglas fir that is barely surviving, and can be on quite steep slopes for a sand dune. It can be locally abundant, and finding several thousand sporocarps at one time is not unusual. Each mushroom is 2-4 inches tall, a single purple grass blade, sometimes in caespitose clusters. I have found no other fungus which looks even closely related to it. I have collected it for several years for inclusion in the Oregon Mycological Society’s Fall Mushroom Show, but it does not display well: difficult to transport fungus as sand it is growing in without losing both.
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