Lepista sublilacina (Tricholomataceae) is a medium sized fungus native to Australia, with a beautiful lilac or lavender color. The gills are pale pinkish when the fungus is fresh and it has a mix of long and short gills. It has a characteristic smell.
among bioluminescent organisms, fungi are the most rare and least well understood. only 71 of the more than 100,000 described fungal species emit a bioluminescent light, which, it is believed, serves to attract insects who then spread the fungal spores around. click pic for the four species seen here. photos by taylor lockwood, lanceaardvaarkau, steve axford, andnickybay