When: 2007-11-06

Collection location: Whitemarsh, Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Jason Hollinger (jason)

No specimen available

small mushroom, clustered in wood mulch of mostly coniferous clearcut
ST: 50×3-5mm, curved near base, fine white fuzz at base, shiny, fibrous, not breaking readily, same color as cap, hollow, paler inside, not changing, thickens gradually to base
CAP: 15mm wide, hemisphere, small depression at top, unusual rather deep pinkish or purplish brown, lustrous due to v min whitish curled-up fibers, solid color, not changing in age
FLESH: ~1mm thick, fairly tough for its size, paler than cap or gills but similar hue
VEIL: no evidence of any
GILL: sl decur, odd pale lilac greyish hue, somewhat distant, unbranched, somewhat thick
SPORE: print white

Tried to key out using Demystified, but remained mystified. Basing genus ID on white spore print, purplish tint, thin tough also-colored stalk, thick well-spaced gills.

Darvin suggested L. proxima and L. bicolor. I found this page by Gregory Mueller on the web which describes the difference between these species in great detail (L. proxima vs L. bicolor) . No way mine is purple enough to be L. bicolor. However, reliably distinguishing L. proxima from L. laccata apparently requires microscopic study of spores, which I will do as soon as I have access to a microscope again in January, hopefully. (I have the spore print saved, but have no way to dry a full specimen, unfortunately.)


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Laccaria proxima
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2007-11-11 23:53:01 CST (-0500)

See if it will key to Laccaria proxima. This species only grows under pines in CA, but in VA you could easily have a different species local to your area. Also could be L. bicolor if the mycelium at the base of the stipe has FADED to white but was purplish pink when fresh.