Panus     Genus

Cortinarius husseyiKey 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.

TricholomaAgaricales     Order
Fruiting body containing fibers (usually in the stalk)

Amanita onustaWhite Spored     Suborder
Spore print "light-colored": white or buff, sometimes tinged with pink or tan. Greenish and (except for the Russulales) yellow spore prints also go here
Stalk fibrous, not fracturing like a piece of chalk

TricholomataceaeTricholomataceae     Family
None of the special features distinguishing the other white-spored genera:
Gills not free, as in the Lepiotas and Amanitas
Basidia not extra-long, as in the Hygrophoraceae
Spores smooth, except for Lentinellus

HygrocybeLignicolous Trich     Subfamily
Growing on trees or dead wood, leaves, or sticks, or organic debris, often in moss

Pleurotus ostreatusTough LignoTrich     Tribe
Assume a lateral stem, unless otherwise noted in the diagnoses below
If laterally stemmed, then gills strongly decurrent

Panus     Genus     Fries

Panus conchatus



Caps are usually not as purple as in the picture

Narrow down your identification:

Panus conchatusPanus conchatus
Cap up to 6" across; sometimes minutely furry; purple when young, fading to tan; surface often cracking into tiny scales in age
Stalk thick, tough, well developed; velvety, at least when young; colored like cap
Gills decurrent; colored like cap; often forking near the stalk

Panus rudis
Cap up to 3" across; densely fuzzy; reddish or purplish brown when young, fading to tan in age
Stalk very stubby; colored and fuzzed like the cap
Gills white to tan
On deciduous wood