Observation 179573: Cortinarius violaceus (L.) Gray

When: 2014-09-10

Collection location: Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming, USA [Click for map]

Who: Connie (ImBooToo)

No specimen available

I found this mushroom close to the other two (2) blue mushrooms I found last week in early September. These were all within 1/2 mile of each other. Members on this site gave me several suggestions; I agree that this mushroom is probably of the Cortinarius violaceus species.
I haven’t found any other type of blue gilled mushroom that grows in my area.
This was growing on the ground beneath the canopy of a conifer forest at high elevation in the Bighorn Mountains about 32 miles west of Buffalo, Wyoming. I only saw one.


The underside was a dark purple with gills.
The top of the cap was crinkled/cracked in texture.
Here the stem is visible. I wasn’t aware that this type of mushroom could be found where I live. It is the first one I’ve seen in the 8 years I’ve lived here.

Proposed Names

-60% (2)
Recognized by sight: Based on my internet research, I believe this is a Clitocybe nuda (Wood Blewit).
20% (2)
Recognized by sight
81% (1)
Eye3 Eyes3
Used references: Site member gave me the correct identification of this mushroom.

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Connie; Yes, it looks good.
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2014-09-19 13:57:39 PDT (-0700)
Having a hard time with setting location
By: Connie (ImBooToo)
2014-09-19 13:43:52 PDT (-0700)

Hi I’m having difficulty setting locations.
I think I fixed it; could you check?

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By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2014-09-19 12:25:19 PDT (-0700)

Check the options near the top.
The location also has need of a correction of several thousand miles.
Cortinarius violaceus appears to be a viable guess for this specimen.

Created: 2014-09-19 11:05:07 PDT (-0700)
Last modified: 2014-09-19 13:52:23 PDT (-0700)
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