Observation 8449: Lepiota lilacea Bres.

When: 2008-07-21

Collection location: southeastern Ontario, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: jenver

No specimen available

sprouting from well-used garden path; stalks just 1 1/2" and stouter than reference book suggests.


Copyright © 2008 Versteeg
Copyright © 2008 Versteeg
Copyright © 2008 Versteeg

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Used references: Barron’s p. 244
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Lepiota lilacea is the suggestion
By: else
2008-07-31 12:17:00 CDT (-0400)

The annulus and the colour are more typical for Lepiota lilacea. This species does not have the bullet shaped spores, as L. cristata has, but ellipsoid spores. It shares the type of pileus covering (a hymeniderm, made up of tightly packed narrowly clavate elements, giving it its rather smooth surface and flat scales) with L. cristata. I have seen it fruiting all over Ann Arbor and it is common in Denver (my eastern experience is very limited), and i guess that it is common all over the east, but not well known.

Interesting Lepiota…
By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2008-07-22 14:18:19 CDT (-0400)

Interesting siamese twin specimen… I would say it looks closer to the helveola/subincarnata group… it does look curious….

Lepiota yes, L. cristata not sure…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-07-22 10:12:43 CDT (-0400)

This seems like a good one for Else Vellinga to take a look at. In addition to the stature the cap surface doesn’t look right to me for what I’ve called L. cristata in California. Else has been working on this group and may have some thoughts. Any chance you kept a collection?