Collection location: Lower Trenta Valley, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia [Click for map]
Code: Bot_829/2014_DSC3222, Bot_829/2014_DSC3257
Habitat: pasture; moderately inclined mountain slope, grassland; southeast aspect; shallow, calcareous ground; open, rather dry and sunny place; exposed to direct rain; average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 7-9 deg C, alpine phytogeographical region.
Place: Lower Trenta valley, between villages Soča and Trenta, right bank of river Soča, ‘Na Melu’ pasture near Trenta 2b cottage, on the upper most and the lower part of the pasture; East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia EC.
Comments: It is interesting to observe how the pilei are changing color with time. Young pilei are almost black tinged deep blue or violet; the gills are initially whitish or lightly bluish. These colors are then gradually changing to more pinkish and finally to brownish colors. One can find quite differently looking pilei next to each other. The gills have characteristic and usually distinctive blue-black edge.
The mushrooms were photographed on two places near each other on the same pasture. They were growing solitary and in scattered groups of several fruit bodies. There were about 20 of them all together. Pilei diameter from 20 to 35(48) mm, stipe from 6 to 11 cm long and from 2 to 3.5 mm in diameter; flesh brittle; stipe fibrous, hollow; SP abundant, pinkish-ochre, oac651.
Nikon D700/Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8
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