Blewit Lepista nuda (Bulliard) Cooke    
Kingdom Fungi   >   Phylum Basidiomycota   >   Class Agaricomycetes   >   Order Agaricales   >   Family Tricholomataceae   >   Genus Lepista   

Status:

This species is found solitary, in groups, or in clusters. Often located on the ground under conifers or hardwoods, as well as in meadows, lawns, and compost piles.

Description:

Cap: violet (tan in age); broadly convex to nearly flat with or without a broad umbo; smooth, hygrophanous, slightly viscid when wet; margin inrolled, uplifted in age, wavy. Flesh: pale violet. Odor: pleasant. Gills: lavender (lilac-buff/brownish in age), crowded. Stalk: White/pale violet, scurfy, bruises dark lavender/brownish (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

The amount of purple varies considerably within this species, but the dull pinkish or pinkish buff spore print is a good field mark (L. Biechele, pers. comm.).

There are 25 records in the project database.

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Blewit (caps) in Howard Co., Maryland (9/19/2011). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Blewit (fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/26/2012). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Blewit (cap and gills) in Howard Co., Maryland (9/19/2011). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Blewit in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/19/2014). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

Blewit in Howard Co., Maryland (6/26/2014). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Blewit in Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/22/2017). Determined by Jo and Bob Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Spores from Blewit in Howard Co., Maryland (6/26/2014).Ellipsoid, roughened; measured 5.9-6.8 X 3.8-4.2 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Blewit specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (9/19/2011). Elliptical, roughened; measured 5.5-6.3 X 3.6-4.2 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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