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Gymnopilus purpuratus

Gymnopilus purpuratus


Stalked mushrooms; the largest having a cap about 50mm wide. The cap was a beautiful deep reddish-purple (beetroot) colour which was cracked and split to reveal white flesh. The thinner coloured layer of the cap peeled to scales towards the margin. The margin was rolled slightly inwards. Gills were whiter in younger mushrooms and slighty yellow in more mature caps (pic #5). The stipe was slightly rough with what looked like the remnants of the partial veil high up on the stipe.The region appeared stained brown- ?spores. Gills were crowded and both long and short.


Spotted growing on a pine tree log. A few of them were seen growing on this rather dried up log.


A very attractive fungus. My thanks to myxomop for identifying this fungus for me.

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myxomop 11 years ago
Gymnopilus purpuratus

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Thank you Phil.

Phil_S 9 years ago

Very nice!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

Thanks pouihi and mrjohnsexplorers22 !

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

Thanks very much for the ID myxomop.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

Thanks Lars. I found them in an alleyway where not many people go. Such beauty out of a dead log where no body would ever see them - I am pleased that I have the opportunity to show these little mushrooms to the world...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Beautiful shade of red on top.

LarsKorb 11 years ago

Wow...what a beauty. Nice shots, Leuba.

Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 11, 2012
Submitted on May 11, 2012

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