When: 2009-01-25

Collection location: Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Grant (glivings)

No specimen available

Mushroom found growing in oak leaves. The cap was purple/brownish on top, and the gills seemed more white than they did purple. Also when the stalk was cut near the cap, it is hollow. This wasn’t described in demystified. I have never been shown this mushroom in person before, it is was just a target species for me once upon a time, but I never found it that time. Then I was just walking near my house and found it so I got really excited and wanted to be sure it was what I think it was.

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Recognized by sight: Purple in color, although not as purple as Demystified describes. Gills whitish-purple, cap colored purple brownish. It just recently rained here (in the last 4 days) and I found these yesterday. They were more purple yesterday than they are today. I took a spore print and found it to dull pink to pinkish buff, just as described in Demystified.
Used references: Mushrooms Demystified

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By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-01-27 05:51:21 CST (+0800)

those are indeed, Lepista nuda.