Typical Leptonias     Section

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)

Pink Spored     Suborder
Spores pink or reddish

Entolomataceae     Family
Terrestrial (occasionally on rotting wood on the ground)
Gills attached (notched, adnate, or subdecurrent), sometimes almost free in small mushrooms

Leptonia porphyrophaeaLeptonia     Genus
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     

Leptonia porphyrophaea



Alas, these are much more common than the Interesting Leptonias. Basically, they all look like the picture but less pointy

Narrow down your identification:

Leptonia porphyrophaeaLeptonia porphyrophaea
Cap greyish brown to deep violet
Stalk lighter in color than cap, less than twice the width of the cap in length

Leptonia serrulata
Gills whitish at first (greying in maturity), with finely serrated blue-black edges
Cap bluish black, fading to greyish purple; up to 1 1/2" across, with stem 2-3 times as long, concolorous