June 15, 2014, Sunset Bay State Park, Oregon, USA
I know someone posted a photo of these recently and they had been identified. “Oh, I’ll remember how to find it again later,” I thought. Haha.
I know that that’s water on the outside, not some kind of goo like you see from bleeding teeth. I also remember that their appearance means that the tree is pretty recently dead. It also has pores underneath, though it’s hard to see. Although, it’s possible that there are two different fungi above… shoot.
Cortinarius violaceus (Cortinariaceae) is entirely violet, purple or blue, sometimes so dark that it appears to be black and, viewed from above, can easily be mistaken for a blackened dead leaf. At up to 12cm in cap diameter, this is a very striking mushroom indeed.
This mushroom is regarded as rare, but occurs in America and Europe.
Photo credit: ©Thomas O’Keefe
Locality: Baker River Trail, Mt. Baker Noisy Diobsud Roadless Area, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, US