Bloxam's entoloma produces a striking, blue, mushroom-shaped fruiting body (2). The smooth cap has a broad swelling in the centre (known as an ‘umbo’), which has a more violet tinge (3). The tightly packed, white gills on the underside of the cap contrast well with the blue colour of the fungus; they develop a more salmon-pink colour as they age (2). The solid stem (or ‘stipe’) of the mushroom is also blue in colour with a whitish base (2).
WARNING: many species of fungus are poisonous or contain chemicals that can cause sickness. Never pick and eat any species of fungus that you cannot positively recognise or are unsure about. Some species are deadly poisonous and can cause death within a few hours if swallowed.
- Cap diameter: 3.5 – 8 cm (2)
- Stem (stipe) height: 7 cm (3)