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Family: HygrophoraceaeGenus: Gliophorus
Anamorph: not known.
Teleomorph: Basidiomata agaricoid. Pileus 15–55 mm diam., hemispherical to broadly conical or campanulate, initially with an incurved margin, becoming applanate, often retaining a broad umbo and irregular, lobed outline with indentations, folds and pleats, sometimes becoming radially furrowed, or split and flared, margin faintly to strongly translucently striate to half-way and becoming reflexed to highly revolute, viscid with gelatinous pellicle, sometimes with minutely rugose texture, at first usually dull violet purple (vinaceous grey to purple) with areas of pink, darker red or red-brown tones (rose, blood red to rusty tawny), sometimes more brownish (purplish date to dark brick), becoming paler and pinkish especially around margin which can also develop yellow (luteous) or yellow-brown (fulvous) tints, hygrophanous, dried pilei characteristically pale orange (saffron) flushed pink (rose). Lamellae ventricose, mostly narrowly adnate with some free, sinuate or broadly adnate elements, intervenose, concolorous with pileus near pileal attachment, becoming paler towards free edge, sometimes with yellow (luteous) or orange (saffron) tints. Stipe 15–70 × 5–15 mm, relatively stout, sometimes tapering upwards from the clavate base, hollow, often flexuose or tortuous, compressed or grooved, viscid but usually slightly less so than pileus, white often apically tinged with pileal colour and basally yellow (luteous) to pale orange (saffron) or becoming so, sometimes with purplish (vinaceous grey) blotches if frosted. Outer tissues of context concolorous with adjacent external surfaces, inner tissues paler. Dried lamellar trama (lens) often conspicuously dark pink (coral), contrasting with paler subhymenium and lamellar surfaces. Green pigments entirely absent. Without distinctive taste or smell. Basidia predominantly 4-spored, clavate, relatively long and slender with long attenuated base, (37–)40–63(–67) × 6–10 μm excluding sterigmatal length (4.0–8.0 μm). Clamp connections on basidia, within lamellar trama and pileipellis often with conspicuously looped hook cells (medallion clamps). Basidiospores 6.0–8.5(–9.0) × 4.0–5.5(–6.0) μm, per-basidioma mean values 7.0–7.5 × 5.0 μm, Q = 1.2–2.0, mean 1.5, short-ellipsoidal to ellipsoidal, not constricted.