Observation 103100: Cortinariaceae R. Heim ex Pouzar

When: 2012-07-07

Collection location: Parque Nacional Lagunas de Montebello, Mexico [Click for map]

Who: Ivan Rodriguez (Ivan Rodriguez)

No specimen available

Locals recognize this and another not-so-differently colored Russula to be edible — in fact, the way I found this was through a young boy. There he was, making his way to the parking lot, cradling 20 or so mushrooms in both his hands. After asking him where he had found such a handsome collection, he took me to a clearing and there were loads of the russulas, but no cortinarus in sight. After looking around for a bit though, I did happen to stumble on this one. Happy with this find, I returned to the parking lot and then discovered that the boy helped prepare meals to sell to the never-ending flock of tourists in the area with these very fresh mushrooms. They don’t seem too interested to experiment on other species in the area of unknown edibility (and there was such a diverse variety!). This is evident as the woods were riddled with amanitas that were stomped on, kicked, or otherwise destroyed.

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Fruiting body in its natural environment.
Underside of cap.
Detail on collapsed cortina.
The gills peeled off quite effortlessly. That purple area is the color of the flesh.
Where the piece of mushroom that I took off used to be.
A sad excuse for a spore print; note that a tour bus does not double as an immediate and reliable mycological laboratory!
May or may not be of the same species. I found this one a considerable distance away, but the colors suggest that it has even a slim chance of being the same species as the larger one I’ve found.

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