Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Purple-Gilled Laccaria

Laccaria ochropurpurea


The cap was mostly tan and reminded me of an English muffin (pic 2). The gills has a purplish hue and the stem was short and bulbous.


Spotted along a trail in a deciduous forest at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.


This species is mycorrhizal: It exists most of the time as a network of cells (mycelium) connected to tree roots, in a symbiotic relationship with the tree. (Many trees fare poorly without their fungal partners.) When ready to reproduce, the mycelium sends up the mushroom aboveground—this is the reproductive structure. Spores are produced in these structures and are released to begin new mycelia elsewhere. The mycelium of a mushroom can live for decades.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Purple-gilled Laccaria
Laccaria ochropurpurea

Sign in to suggest organism ID


Brian38 3 years ago

Thanks for the ID chrismcassid.

chrismcassid 3 years ago

This isn't Lepista nuda or any type of Blewit mushroom. It is Laccaria ochropurpurea

Spotted by

Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Sep 14, 2018
Submitted on Oct 7, 2018

Related Spottings

Laccaria Laccaria Laccaria sp. Amethyst deceiver

Nearby Spottings

Spotting Yellow Jessamine Hesitant Dagger Moth (caterpillar) Spined micrathena
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team