Notes: Growing under mixed conifers @ ~5000ft.
Caps up to 18.0 cm across.
Spores ~ 8.9-11.9 X 5.5-7.0 microns and almost smooth.
KOH initially neg. on all surfaces. After several minutes the caps did turn a light reddish color.
Odor not strong and taste mild.
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Until Dimitar came along, corts were pretty much ignored in California. Too vast a group, too confusing, etc. etc. How often have we heard folks here in CA just dismiss a cort ID, with a little grimace of disgust?
Can’t wait for that good, working cort key for western species. Hope that there is one in the works…
Interesting that something so large and common hasn’t been described before.
It appeared that the Corts that I did find were, I believe, mostly associated with White Fir.
I know this one very well — this is the most common cort on Shasta and I am describing it right now in a large paper on Phlegmacium. Plan to call it even C. shastensis.Dimitar
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