Observation 29494: Laccaria Berk. & Broome

When: 2009-12-04

Collection location: Tampa, Florida, USA [Click for map]

Who: lola (lthorne)

No specimen available

Was the only purple mushroom I could as listed as having been seen in this area. These were little mushrooms, growing in small bunches of 1-10 scattered over a few square meters in a forested upland.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:40 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida’ to ‘Tampa, Florida, USA’


Proposed Names

-43% (4)
Recognized by sight: small purple cap, brownish purple stalk.
-3% (4)
Recognized by sight: does this variety occur in FL?
21% (4)
Recognized by sight
42% (4)
Recognized by sight: “Growing in sandy soil under Quercus virginiana along the Gulf Coast.”
55% (1)
Recognized by sight

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Laccaria ochropurpurea
By: Peter G Werner (pgwerner)
2010-12-13 03:00:01 EST (-0500)

The robustness and fading to white of the stipe looks very much like this species. The habitat is right too. According to Muller, this definitely occurs in Florida, where multiple collections have been made. This is definitely what I’d call it based on the information give, though of course, microscopy would nail it.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2010-05-27 15:10:06 EDT (-0400)

I’m with Debbie. Are we to call all purple Laccaria in North America L. amethysteo-occidentalis, or are there some regional exceptions?


Mr. Kuo has set me straight. West of Rockies = A-o, east of Rockies = Amethystina.

hard to tell exactly what you have here…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-12-04 19:50:02 EST (-0500)

but looks more like Laccaria a-o to me…smooth purple cap, roughened brown stipe fracturing longitudinally. spore print? gills? not a cort violaceus, fer sure.