Collection location: Clinton, Whidbey Island, Island Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]
Found in mature mixed coniferous second growth forest of Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock.
Cap is pastel violet, quite shocking when found in the dark debris of the forest floor. A small patch of maybe six caps in a meter square.
Mature cap has some mottling but young are fairly uniform in color. No spore print, but the mature one looks like it is going to have greenish spores from tan gills. Gills are irregular shaped, attached to the stipe and not closely spaced. The remains of a ring are not present, but there is a ‘shelf’ near the bulbous base.
I thought this would be easy just by color, but can’t seem to match it with anything.
Spore print is purple cinnamon brownish.
Now I’m thinking__Cortinarius iodes__?
With the brown gills, it might have a brown spore print. But with the purple colors, the brown gills, and the abrupt bulb at the base, it is def. a cort. To get this one closer to a list of species, you need to see if the cap and/or the stipe is viscid (slimy/sticky).
You should get a spore print to make sure about the cort, to see if the spore print is “rusty brown”. If you aren’t really sure about the genus of mushrooms you find, you need to get spore prints to tell which class of genus the mushroom belongs.
Probably a Cortinarius.