Found this little guy on the Hickerson Hollow trail. Nobody at our 3rd Annual Joint Appalachian Foray knew what he was, and our guest mycologist Jay Justice swooped him right up for study.

Deep true purple. Purple and white stalk. Fuzzy white mycelium? at base. Growing on unknown dead wood in a mixed wood forest. Appears to have pinkish spores due to coloration of the gills. Gills appear emarginate. Inrolled lighter colored margin. Texture powdery/velvety/matte, not smooth, waxy, or tacky.

Closest match I’m finding is Entoloma lazulinum from Europe:

(Edit) Entocybe nitidum also looks good:

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Used references: else suggested this might also be close to one of the less blue European species that grown on wood (like yours), such as E. euchroum, with more purple colours in the cap (like yours).

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Hi Willow
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2016-02-15 03:43:17 CET (+0100)

Got a great comment from else vellinga above. I had asked whether your find is similar to E. subcarneum.

Check E. euchroum on MO and Google images. Then go out and find a real one!

Here is the current state of my ever-changing rare list:

By: Willow Nero (wbnero)
2016-02-06 14:37:39 CET (+0100)

I feel confident that I could get back to the spot where I found this. Not too far up the Hickerson Hollow trail from the park boundary, you start to get a bit of a ravine off to the left and flat/upward sloping raised area beyond it. I went scrambling up there after a Hypomyces lactifluorum, and I found this Entoloma and some Leucopaxillus albissimus. The Entoloma was off to the left of the raised area (I know, terribly specific), and I seem to remember some gently sloped rocky ground nearby that had been cleared by flowing water. If you have a good eye for hidden lobster mushrooms, they will show you the way!

Purple beauty, I want to go there!
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2016-01-31 02:43:19 CET (+0100)

I am adding this to my rare fungi of SNP list