When: 2012-10-18

Collection location: Madison Co., Alabama, USA [Click for map]

Who: DrB

No specimen available

Mushrooms, particularly young specimens violet in cap, stipe, and gills.

Cap of older specimens turning tan on top, 1" -3" dia. cap starting convex then broadly depressed in center on older specimens. Cap margins turned in when young, when old, they sometimes present a peripheral/marginal darker band of about 5mm-10mm. Cap dry, smooth.

Violet gills crowded, attached, adnexed (NOT notched). No universal veil/volva, partial veil, or cortina remnants present on young specimens or otherwise.

Stipe is violet, and also is violet when sectioned. Bulbous based, particularly on young specimens, older specimens more often “equal” or straight based. Stipe is solid in section.

Spore print white, perhaps very slightly buff.

Stipe and cap taste mild, unremarkably like a mushroom such as agaricus bisporous. Odor mild, somewhat agreeable, not particularly noticeable.

Small (~< 1mm) black beetles between the gills of older specimens.

Found on leaf litter beneath sweet gum trees on the margin of a grassy yard, and also under gum adjoining a swamp. Occuring in clusters, sometimes in pairs wiht stipes conjoined and emerging from same hyphal mass.

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