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Cap. Ca 4.75in x 3.5in (12cm x 8.75cm); uniformly gray with a slight bluish tint; smooth. Gills. White, graying with age; attached. Stipe. Thick, ca 1.5in x 1in (3.8cm x 2.5cm) tapering slightly from apex to base. Bruising black. Odor. No distinctive odor. Taste. No distinctive taste. Spore print. White
Growing in soil in leaf litter near lake shore. No associated basal mycelium visible. No trees in immediate vicinity indicating mycorrhizal associations, but nearby woods predominantly hardwood.
This mushroom is very similar in appearance to Hygrophorus caeruleus; however, this species has been reported only from the West Coast of the U.S.