Collection location: Larch Mountain, Multnomah Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]
Specimen could be of Clavulina cristata, but has a violet or purplish blush near the base of the stipe where it was bruised. There is nothing about a violet to purplish blush in Aurora about C. cristata, so I must question it as an identification. Otherwise, it fits rather nicely.
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It does look possible. I have never seen a purplish or violet parasite on this fungus before. Indeed I have rarely ever seen it before.
Are you sure that bluish blush is from bruising? Both Clavulina cristata and Clavulina rugosa are attacked by Helminthospaeria clavariarum from the base up. See Observation# 11577 and http://www.mushroomexpert.com/clavulina_cristata.html
Let me be the first to doubt this identification. When I tried to call the specimen Clavulina near cristata, Mushroom Observer automatically changed it to Clavulina cristata. The specimen could be C. cristata, but has a violet to purplish blush where bruised near the base of the stipe.
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