Observation 83015: Lepista glaucocana (Bres.) Singer

When: 2011-11-10

Collection location: Saleeby-Fischer YMCA, Rockwell, North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)

Specimen available

Spore print: White, but when the print is heavier, it has a pale pinkish hue to it.
In mixed woods on and beside a gravel path.

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Proposed Names

36% (3)
Recognized by sight
26% (3)
Recognized by sight
47% (2)
Recognized by sight: if elliptic, minutely rough spores; (Bigelow).
17% (4)
Recognized by sight: maybe the spores can sort this one out?

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nuda vs glaucocana
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-11-23 13:23:44 CST (-0600)

In my books it’s not possible to distinguish nuda from glaucocana by the spore size. L. nuda (sp 6-8.5 × 4-5 μm), glaucocana (sp 6-8.5 × 3.5-5 μm).
Gill colour in glaucocana should not be with any blue tint, and the smell is not like burnt rubber, rather slightly farinaceous.
I’m leaning towards nuda here after all.

But do check the spores anyway, you may have some other species over there..

By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2011-11-23 08:41:10 CST (-0600)

Thank you guys/gals for all of the info and links!

Will spore size help me figure out anything?

Dave, I take all of my spore prints on aluminum foil.

I wouldn’t
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-11-22 13:53:37 CST (-0600)

rule out nuda either. One difference vs glaucocana is said to be the smell (have never found glaucocana myself).

Did you take your spore print
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2011-11-22 13:39:53 CST (-0600)

on a white background? The fleshy tint of a typical Blewit spore print shows up much better against white than black. Over the years I have noticed differences in the darkness of Blewit prints.


I have been collecting substantial amounts of Blewits these past several weeks (PA). They have all been coming from two patches within one 10 acre area. Within each patch I have consistently found both very purple ones growing very close (maybe two or three feet) away from very pale ones. Perhaps there are two species growing together? Nothing about the spore color or size has borne out any difference between the differently colored Lepistas. And there have also been some that are just a little bit pink/purple tinged.

So I’m wondering if “Lepista nuda” should be completely ruled out here.

other central nc nuda
By: Jimmie Veitch (jimmiev)
2011-11-22 13:38:50 CST (-0600)
Useful info
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-11-22 13:20:18 CST (-0600)
What about Lepista
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-11-22 12:33:19 CST (-0600)

edit* Christian beat me to it!

….since your spores are pinkish.
L. nuda comes to mind and Matchmaker’s description fits moderately well with your photos. It also mentions Lepista glaucocana as a possible similar species.

Pale pinkish hue to spore print
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-11-22 12:32:08 CST (-0600)

And overall stature show that it is somewhere near the blewits in Lepista – neat pale one, esp. with that strongly rimmed bulb.

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