Mycologia 98(5): 757. 2007.
Common Name: none
Basionym: Clavaria purpurea O.F. Müll.
Growing in soil, often sandy, in clusters, sometimes in large troops. In California known from forested dunes in the far north coast.
Alloclavaria purpurea is easy to identify by its cylindrical shape, clustered growth, and purple, purple brown, or purplish grey coloration.
Formerly known as Clavaria purpurea, Alloclavaria purpurea (Hymemocheatales) is phylogenetically distinct from Clavaria (Agaricales). Its relatives in the family Repetobasidiaceae include Contumyces, Cotylidia, Loreleia, and Rickenella.
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