Friday, November 19, 2010

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I found this exquisite little purple toadstool on my lunchtime walk in Durham today, growing beside the footpath near Blaid's Wood to the south of the city. I'm pretty sure it's a violet webcap Cortinarius violaceus (unless anyone out there knows better???). Without doubt the most intensely purple pigmented toadstool I've ever seen. It doesn't have much of a 'web' but what remains of it is the white patch on the flank of the cap and the wispy white threads around its rim.

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16 comments:

  1. Brilliant - what a find, Phil. I wish I could find one as colourful as this.

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  2. Wow Phil - what an amazing toadstool! Great picture too.

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  3. Waw, this mushroom is awesome, the color is amazing, so rare! I've never seen one like that!.. great shot!

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  4. That is quite something... extraordinary!

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  5. The others have said it all. What a find.

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  6. Beautiful toadstool. A rich colour indeed.

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  7. Hi Emma, I've never found one before ... and I've been foraging for fungi for a long time

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  8. Hi Richard, I'll go back tomorrow and see if the cap has expanded at all, although I suspect the intense colour fades with age..

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  9. Hi Dejemonis sorprender, it literally stopped me in my tracks..

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  10. Hi John, it's been a great autumn for toadstools, but this is the best I've found..

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  11. Hi valerianna, wonderful how nature continually delivers surprises, isn't it?

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  12. Hi lotusleaf, there certainly aren't many toadstools in Britain with that cap colour....

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  13. Nothing beats nature for rich colours, does it Keith. Synthetic dyes can't compete..

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