When: 2007-11-09

Collection location: Oakland, Alameda Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Adrienne (Aday)

No specimen available

This mushroom had a bluish tint. It was found growing under a juniper.


Copyright © 2007 Adrienne Rodriguez

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Recognized by sight: Purple tones on cap, but not enough details to be sure on this one.

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Could be a Cort. but I doubt it
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-11-19 23:05:46 CST (-0600)

The habitat (thick cyprus or juniper duff) is one where I have found C. nuda in the bay area before. From my experience in that habitat, they tended towards the lavender and often had a brownish center like this one does. They also tend to be a bit more bitter. Finally, the cap in the photo has that not quite definable alabaster look to it that is characteristic of blewits, but I’ve never seen it in a Cort. All of that said, I certainly wouldn’t recommend anyone eat it based solely on what you can see from this photo. Checking for red-brown spores is required before eating any blewit.

Or easily a cort…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2007-11-19 12:03:18 CST (-0600)

With the bluish tints it could easily be a Cortinarius also. Need more info on the spore color, and gill color, and look for details on the stipe. The Cort. will have threads on the stipe stained red-brown with the spores. But in some Cort. these threads can easily wash off in rain, so might not be definate.

I’d call it Clitocybe nuda
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-11-17 06:46:10 CST (-0600)

I agree with Alan in terms of it being a blewit. However, I’d call it Clitocybe nuda for reason outlined here.

Lepista nuda
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2007-11-17 00:32:52 CST (-0600)

Probably a Lepista nuda (blewit). It should have a cream to pink spore print. There are also some Cortinarius mushrooms which look a lot like that, they would have a brown spore print.