This is one off the species that cause the most confusion over how to identify. The official colour description for the cap is lilac to wine red or reddish-brown paler towards striate margin fading to gray with age. With a stipe that's the same colour as the cap fading to yellow at the base. The cap shape is first hemispherical then convex to campanulate (never centrally depressed) and gills that are adnexed to emarginate-adnexed without any cheilocystidia.
Other similar species are G. versicolor
, G. lilacipes
and G. ostrinus
the later is a doubtful species (see the side panel). Just to make it even more difficult there are a number of Gliophorus species
that also key out as G. lilacinoides
but don't match the colour description very well. Its difficult to tell if the colour description is not wide enough to cover these or we have a species complex that contains many species under the same name. In time DNA sequencing may sort this out in the mean time we can only record some of the odd coloured species and wait to see what happens (See belowl).
Common name: None
Found: Broad-leaved Forest
Substrate: Forest floor
Height: 60 mm
Width: 15 - 30 mm