Collection location: Cabin Cove, Haywood Co., North Carolina, USA [Click for map]
small crowded shelf fungus, merges into long rows in furrows on bark on big hickory blown down winter before last in moist hardwood valley, sharing log with lots of Flammulina velutipes
CAP: mostly resupinate but cap sticks out up to 10mm in places, cold reddish brown with a violet cast or bloom, smooth inside, margin shaggy lilac or with a striking violet gelatinous growing edge
FLESH: watery and spongy, pale brownish to lilac, up to 2mm thick
PORE: ferile surface smooth, yellowish to reddish brown with violet cast or bloom esp. at marg
SPORE: withered before it even had a chance I’m afraid
With such a striking color, I was hoping someone could shed some light on it. Demystified’s Stereaceae key failed me because it calls the entire fruiting body “purple when fresh” when in fact only the growing margin is purple while the rest has merely a faint purplish cast (which is what the key says, in Arora’s defense). However, Nathan suggests it as well, so I defer.