This fungus is also known as Purple Fairy Tongue or some call it Dancing Earthworms. Either way, this fungus is found late in the year after all the leaves have dropped.
here’s another link. This site says the mushroom is common in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest, but is rare elsewhere in North America.
The clavaria pururea looks really good for it. Some of the keys and descriptions mention that it is somewhat brittle. Is that what you notice in the field?
No, I wouldn’t say that it’s brittle. Although I don’t know for sure, I just took the photo and didn’t disturb it.
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