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Thank you Irene. Now I have to learn what cowberries smell like… My
Alaskan collection from an old growth Spruce forest (mainly
sitchensis). It was somewhat old and more brown, but the blue color
is not particularly persistent in most Cortinarii. Otherwise the spore
shape matches nicely.
Yesterday was the first time I actually could identify the smell – not very strong, reminding of cowberries(!). A friend of mine thinks it reminds of the sour smell in Fomitopsis pinicola..
Other characters are the fibrous looking cap, deep blue colour in gills and flesh, and a significantly stiff stem.
This is a rather rare species that needs old spruce woods, redlisted in Sweden as NT (nationally threatened).
Irene, please show more Swedish Corts for us to benchmark our concepts against the original material. For those who didn’t know, Kauffman’s 1932 NA Flora has half of the Corts with Type Locality=Sweden. Please, show some spores to compare against too. Did this one have an odor? What was the habitat, Spruce, I assume? I found something very similar in Alaska a couple of years ago under Spruce in a mossy place.D.
is the cap usually this lightly colored?
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