E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Alloclavaria purpurea (Fr.) Dentinger & D.J. McLaughlin
purple club coral

Species account author: Ian Gibson.
Extracted from Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

Introduction to the Macrofungi

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Species Information


Not available
Fruiting body:
3-12cm high, 0.2-0.6cm wide, spindle-shaped, compressed; "purple, lavender, amethyst, or pale brownish or smoky purple fading to pinky-buff", (Phillips), 2.5-12cm high, simple, "subcylindric, slender, acute, then fusiform, compressed, often longitudinally sulcate, obtuse and hollow, occasionally forked (?connate) near the base"; "purple, greyish purple, brownish purple, smoky brown tinged purple, often pale or merely brownish, isabelline or clay tinged purplish, lavender or amethyst", discoloring light ochraceous buff to pinkish buff, (Corner), 2.5-12cm tall, 0.2-0.6cm wide, simple, erect, unbranched, cylindric or tapered, tip acute or blunt; "grayish-purple to deep purple or purple when fresh, fading as it ages to lavender-gray, lavender-buff, purple-brown, smoky-brown, etc.", (Arora)
brittle; white or similar to exterior to exterior but paler, (Phillips), flesh brittle, white or paler version of exterior color, (Corner), brittle; white or purplish, (Arora)
indistinct; white-hairy at base, (Phillips), "scarcely distinct, paler or light creamy, white-villous", (Corner), "base usually paler and /or with white hairs", (Arora)
none, or slightly fishy or nauseous, (Corner), not distinctive (Phillips), unpleasant or indistinct (Lincoff)
none, or slightly fishy or nauseous, (Corner)
spores 5.5-9 x 3-5 microns, elliptic to oblong, smooth, (Phillips), spores 5.5-9 x 3-5 microns, sometimes also with giant spores 8.5-13(15.5) x 3.5-5 microns, elliptic to oblong, smooth, thin-walled, granular guttulate; basidia 4-spored, 70-75 x 6-8 microns; cystidia abundant, 45-130 x 5-9 microns, cylindric or narrowing slightly downward, obtuse, colorless, thin-walled, with granular contents; hyphae 3-15 microns wide, cells 50-95 microns long, without clamp connections (Coker for C. nebulosa) or with very few clamps (according to Coker but ? what is meant), (Corner), spores 5.5-9 x 3-5 microns, elliptic to oblong, smooth, (Arora)
Spore Deposit:
white (Phillips, Arora)

Habitat / Range

generally cespitose, up to 20 in a tuft, sometimes gregarious or single, among grass or on bare soil, generally under conifers, (Corner), in groups or clusters on wet soil near conifers in mountainous areas (Phillips), scattered to densely gregarious (often in tufts or clusters) on ground in wet areas, usually under or near conifers, (Arora), spring, summer, and early fall, (Miller)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Clavina purpurea
Tympanis abietina J.W. Groves
Tympanis juniperina (Sacc.) Sacc.

Taxonomic and Nomenclatural Links

Additional Range and Status Information Links


yes (Phillips, Arora)

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Species References

Corner(2) (as Clavaria), Arora(1)* (as Clavaria), Phillips(1)* (as Clavaria), Lincoff(2)* (as Clavaria), Miller(14)* (as Clavaria), McKnight(1)* (as Clavaria), Ammirati(1)*, Trudell(4)* (as Clavaria), Sept(1)* (as Clavaria), Dentinger(1), AroraPocket* (as Clavaria), Siegel(2)*, Marrone(1)*

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