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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

chrismcassid 2 months ago
Purple-gilled Laccaria
Laccaria ochropurpurea


Brian38 2 months ago

Thanks for the ID chrismcassid.

chrismcassid 2 months ago

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

Arkansas, USA

Lat: 34.84, Long: -92.49

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

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