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Chromosera cyanophylla

Distribution: North America and Europe C. cyanophylla usually grows in small groups and can be found in fall on rain-soaked conifer logs, as well as spring and early summer on wet conifer logs exposed by melting snow.

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Identification Notes:

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. The cap and stipe are bright golden yellow and slimy, the yellow contrasting with the lilac color of the young gills. The colors fade quickly to pale yellow or whitish, so young fruitbodies must be found to fully appreciate the beauty of this fungus.

Accepted Name:
Chromosera cyanophylla (Fr.) Redhead, Ammirati & Norvell

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Chromosera cyanophylla in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Chromosera cyanophylla photos.

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