Description of Gymnopilus luteofolius (Peck) Singer from SprWrks

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Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Hymenogastraceae

General Description:

Cap: 2-12 cm in diameter, convex to obtuse expanding to nearly plane with age. Dark red to purple-red to pinkish fibrillose scales, fading to yellow rarely with bluish tones.

Stem: 3-10cm in length. Typically equal, sometimes enlarged near the bottom. Purple to yellowish often with bluish stains on the mycelium attached to the base.

Gills: Notched to adnate. Yellow, becoming orange with spores.

Spores: 5.5-8.5 by 3.5-4.5 micrometers, bright rusty orange.

Diagnostic Description:

Formerly described as the similar Magic Blue Gym, Gymnopilus aeruginosus. A completely yellow variant has been observed growing in close proximity to the striking purple colored form.


Pacific NW, USA, Eastern North America


Coniferous wood chips, stumps, logs and lignin rich humus
Temperate climates

Look Alikes:

Magic Blue Gym, Gymnopilus aeruginosus


Edibility: Toxic Hallucinogenic, No medicinal or Nutritional values. Non-Lethal, possible nausea and or stomach cramping etc. !Not recommended for human consumption!


Gymnopilus luteofolius or Scaly Purple Gym – common name given in the mushroom community, Forums, Spore banks.

Gymnopilus luteofolius (Peck) Singer, Lilloa 22: 560 (1951) 1949

Pholiota luteofolius (Peck) Sacc. 1887

Citations in published lists or literature:
Index of Fungi 2: 78

Description author: Solo (Request Authorship Credit)
Description editor: walt sturgeon

Created: 2010-11-05 10:58:49 NDT (-0230) by Solo (Mushroomhead)
Last modified: 2011-12-29 22:48:48 NST (-0330) by walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
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