Rugosomyces ionides
Found June 10 growing in mixed hardwood and conifer forest, mainly
oak and red cedar,
appeared to be saprobic with leaf litter. Gills
attached; white spore print. Also known as
Calocybe ionides.
Observed in 2006 at Leonard Springs Nature Preserve, Bloomington.
Collection was unfortunately not preserved. So, these are just
pictures of a pretty purple mushroom. So it goes. I have searched
for this mushroom at the same locale for years on end with no luck.
We all have failures, but we move on.
See Simon & Schuster's
Guide to Mushrooms
, 1981,
no. 69.