Laccaria ochropurpurea
    This attractive edible was photographed in October at the Overland Park Arboretum near Kansas City.  It fruits abundantly in open deciduous woods of Kansas in the summer and early fall.  The cap and stalk are initially brown, but become whiter as the mushroom ages.
    Care should be taken not to confuse Laccaria ochropurpurea with purple gilled species of Cortinarius.  The latter have a cobweblike annulus called a cortina and a rusty brown spore print.  Laccaria ochropurpurea has a white to pale purple spore print.
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