Gymnopilus purpuratus
Gymnopilus purpuratus (Cooke & Massee) Singer 414307.jpg
Gymnopilus purpuratus
Scientific classification
G. purpuratus
Binomial name
Gymnopilus purpuratus
(Cooke & Massee) Singer
Gymnopilus purpuratus
View the Mycomorphbox template that generates the following list
gills on hymenium
cap is convex
hymenium is adnate or adnexed
stipe is bare
spore print is yellow-orange
ecology is saprotrophic
edibility: psychoactive

Gymnopilus purpuratus is a species of agaric fungus in the family Cortinariaceae.[1] It grows in clusters on dead wood, tree stumps and wood chip mulch. It is widely distributed and has been recorded in Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, the UK and Germany. It has a broadly convex cap covered in small dry reddish brown scales, a stout yellow stem beneath reddish brown, wine-red to purple vertical fibres, and a thick rusty orange spore print.

The mushroom stains greenish, blue and purple were damaged, and is psychoactive. A chemical analysis carried out by Jochen Gartz in 1993 found that this species contains 0.34% psilocybin, 0.29% psilocin and 0.05% baeocystin.


Convex dry scaly cap and colourful fibrous stipe.
Convex dry scaly cap and colourful fibrous stipe.

The cap ranges from 1.5 to 6 cm across, is convex to obtuse, and is reddish brown with a dry scaly surface which is sometimes cracked in age. The stem is brown-red and covered by fibers and has blue-green spots where the stem is damaged. The gills are crowded, yellow to orange, and adnexed. The stem is dusted with rusty orange spores and has a cottony scanty partial veil.

Stems with a bluing reaction after being cut.
Stems with a bluing reaction after being cut.

See also

List of Gymnopilus species

List of psilocybin mushrooms


Media related to Gymnopilus purpuratus at Wikimedia Commons