What You Should Know
Chromosera cyanophylla is a species of fungus in the genus Chromosera. In young specimens, the slimy cap and stem are bright yellow, and the gills are of a lilac hue. The lilac (violet) color soon fades to whitish-yellow. It can be found in small groups, specifically on soaked wood from conifers.
Long known as Mycena lilacifolia (Peck) A. H. Smith in North America, Chromosera cyanophylla is a beautiful, not uncommon, but often over-looked fungus. In Europe it was formerly known as Omphalina cyanophylla (Fries) Quélet.
Chromosera cyanophylla Mushroom Identification
1.0-2.5 cm broad at maturity, at first convex, becoming plano-convex, in age the disc broadly flattened, depressed or umbillicate; margin translucent-striate to near the disc, incurved in youth, then decurved, occasionally plane at maturity; surface glabrous, viscid, lavender to lilac, soon fading to yellowish or yellowish-tan; context thin, < 1 mm, pallid, unchanging; odor indistinct; taste mild.
Decurrent, subdistant, lavender, fading to pale-lilac, cream-colored in age; lamellulae in 2-series.
1.0-2.5 cm long, 1.0-2.0 mm thick, fragile, hollow, more or less equal, sometimes sub-bulbous; surface glabrous, viscid, lavender, becoming yellowish to pale-tan in age, lavender-colored mycelium often at the base; partial veil absent.
6.0-7.5 x 3.0-3.5 µm, tear-shaped, smooth, thin-walled, hilar appendage not distinct, with numerous granular inclusions, inamyloid.
Gregarious to clustered on or under the bark of conifer logs; fruiting commonly in late spring after snow melt in montane regions, occasional during the winter months in coastal forests.
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