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Fungi Entoloma hochstetteri

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Cap: Conical at first becoming broadly conical; 15 - 40 mms diameter; vivid blue (21A8, 21B8); glabrous, innately striate when mature, cap often splitting radially.
Stipe: cylindrical; 40 - 50 × 3 - 8 mms; vivid blue at apex, fading downwards with a yellow to orange base.
Gills: adnexed, fairly distant; in two series, vivid blue.
Flesh:
Spores: pink; angular; very angular; 11 - 12 × 14 μm.
Cheilocystidia: Not seen
Pileipellis: a cutis
Habitat: found in small groups in leaf litter, often with moss and near the base of Eucalyptus and other large trees
Notes: the vivid sky blue colours, pink spores and conical cap make this fungus unmistakable. There appears to be some doubt about the name with the same fungus being described as Entoloma virescens by some authors. It appears to be fairly common in rainforest and wet sclerophyl forest on the Sunshine Coast.
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reference; Australian Subtropical Fungi
 
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