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synonyms: Alloclavaria purpurea
Clavaria purpurea Mushroom
Ref No: 7426
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Edible
fungus colour: Violet or purple
normal size: 5-15cm
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
flesh: Flesh granular or brittle
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows on the ground

Clavaria purpurea Fr. new syn. Alloclavaria purpurea Fruit body 3-12cm high, 2-6mm wide individually; numerous slender cylindrical to spindle-shaped, compressed fruit bodies in a tuft; purple, lavender, amethyst, or pale brownish or smoky purple fading to pinky-buff. Stem indistinct, white-hairy at base. Flesh brittle; white or similar but paler than fruit body. Odor not distinctive. Spores ellipsoid to oblong, smooth, 5.5-9 x 3-5. Deposit white. Habitat in groups or clusters on wet soil near conifers in mountainous areas. Common in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest but rare in other parts of northern North America. Al;so in Europe. Season July-October. Said to be edible.

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