Entoloma hochstetteri
(Reich.) Stevenson
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Description:
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This is the iconic blue fungi of New Zealand the species can very from bright blue to a the dull blue to almost gray in colour. Pileus 35-50 mm, broadly conical to conica, edges inturnedl. light blue to dark blue some times fadding at the top. Lamellae adnexed to sub free, concolorous taking on a pinkish hue as spores mature. Stipe 50 to 100 x 3-5 mm, cylindrica attenuateded to the top, concolorous. Odour and Taste not distinctive. Chemical reactions on pileus: KOH - light redish brown. HCl - yellowish. Spores pink, 11-15 x 11-14 µm, cuboid. Ecologye: Scattered; saprobic on soil among litter in broadleaved-conifer forests and Nothofagus Forests
Common name: None
Found: Native Forest
Substrate: Forest floor
Spore: Pink
Height: 80 mm
Width: 30 mm
Season: Autumn
Edible: No
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Macro images:
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Entoloma hochstetteri
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Scale= 8.5 mm.
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Entoloma hochstetteri
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Scale= 10 mm.
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Interesting was the size of this one with the cap been nearly 60 mm in diameter.
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Entoloma hochstetteri
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Scale= 13 mm.
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Again the light blue variation that is most often seen in the Auckland region
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Entoloma hochstetteri
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Scale= 10 mm.
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Note the tree fern, this dark blue version is not that common the Auckland region.
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Entoloma hochstetteri
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Scale= 10 mm.
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Its interesting in the two locations I know were this dark blue entoloma can be found its among tree ferns. I am left wondering if there is a relation ship between colour and habitat.
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