Key to Gilled Mushrooms Key
This is a key to gilled mushrooms, that is, mushrooms having a definite cap with a fertile surface consisting of gills. The fruiting body usually also has a stem, although that may be lateral or absent (usually, then, the mushroom is growing from wood). You can use this key to identify mushrooms that you find.
Fruiting body containing fibers (usually in the stalk)
Pink Spored Suborder
Spores pink or reddish
Cap up to 2" across; broadly convex; usually slightly scaly, but not silky; either
black or very dark blue or purple and slightly iridescent, or
(very rarely) brightly colored, or
(equally rarely) a little of each
Sometimes smelling awful or like bubble gum, but not like bleach
Stalk fragile, fibrous
Typical Leptonias Section
Neither smell nor cap color (some shade of greyish brown) interesting
Here are the characters that distinguish this species from the others in its group. For its more general characters, see higher up on the page.
If there's just a few words or a microscopic feature here, a more thorough description can be found above.
- Cap greyish brown to deep violet
Stalk lighter in color than cap, less than twice the width of the cap in length