Observation 179572: Clavaria purpurea Fr. (Site ID) (Alloclavaria purpurea)

When: 2014-09-10

Collection location: Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming, USA [Click for map]

Who: Connie (ImBooToo)

No specimen available

Notes:
I found this Clavaria purpurea mushroom growing beneath the canopy of a conifer forest at high elevation in the Bighorn Mountains about 32 miles west of Buffalo, Wyoming in early September. I had never seen one before in the 7 years I’ve lived and explored in the mountains here. It was growing on the ground. It was very friable and fell apart when I touched it. (:P)
It was a bluish lavender/lilac color with hues of pink.

Images

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Purple Fairy Coral Mushroom (Clavaria purpurea)
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Note there are holes in the mushroom fingers like coral!
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And these are edible!

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: Everything I researched on this mushroom showed it is a Clavaria purpurea.

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