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Cortinarius sp. (most likely C. archeri)
Small agaric mushroom, Cortinarius species (most likely C. archeri). Deep violet (purple) colour, satin texture, approx. 5-6 cms in height. Margin appears to be rounded, and a thick stipe which is bulbous at base, but no image of gills, nor sign of a veil (if any). This specimen has a convex although slightly conically-shaped cap, but perhaps it becomes more applanate, even depressed, with age. Images I've seen online of this species shows the cap spitting and margin flaring upwards, exposing the gills, but only observations over time would confirm if that's what happens here. Only one specimen found in the area. Cortinarius sp. fungi have rusty-brown spores. I'm leaning towards C. archeri as spotting ID because it's an Australian native, and the species is common in eucalypt or mixed forests. It's also mycorrhizal, forming a close relationship with the roots of eucalypts or closely related trees. Common in Australia, but also found in NZ. The Mushroom Observer reference link provides good images of the species.
Found beneath trees along a track at Somersby Falls, in Brisbane Water National Park. Growing in soil amongst leaf litter. Trees in area mostly native eucalypt species. The region has also had massive rainfall in recent days.
Photos taken by Linda and Stuart Schoots, and sent to me by I-phone. The three main contenders for this spotting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortinarius... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortinarius... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitocybe_n... but without more information, it's not possible to give this spotting a 100% accurate ID. I read the name "purple cap" somewhere, but officially, there doesn't seem to be a common name for this species.
Spotted on Apr 29, 2015
Submitted on Apr 29, 2015
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