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Gyroporus purpurinus

Common Name: Red Gyroporus

Synonyms: 

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: Yellow

Pore Color: White to Slightly Yellow

Comments: 

Said to be uncommon, this is a neat critter to find. Lincoff (1981) uses "Red Gyroporus," as the common name, and I suppose I can see a bit of red in the pictures, but I was thinking purplish tones from the moment I found it, which is more in line with the scientific name. Dark burgundy, which Lincoff goes on to describe it, may be the best descriptor. 

Overall it is a fairly small mushroom, with a brittle, hollow stem.

The genus Gyroporus is separated out from the other Boletes because of its yellow, elliptic spores.

Lookalikes:  

Gyroporus castaneus is a brown to orange color.

Pictures:

Gyroporus purpurinus

Gyroporus purpurinus

8/28/12 - Shades State Park - Rockville, IN