Observation 26393: Cortinarius (Pers.) Gray
When: 2009-10-04
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found in mossy hemlock woods.

Proposed Names

-18% (2)
Recognized by sight
92% (2)
Recognized by sight
10% (3)
Recognized by sight
14% (3)
Used references: BBF Mushrooms of NE NA.

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-10-10 13:26:08 PDT (-0700)

you are looking for a pale-gilled form growing with conifers without geranium-smell, there’s pilatii – but it’s quite small, often with dark spots on the cap.
I still beleive this is hemitrichus (grows with Betula)..

There is a variety of C.flexipes called var.inolens
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-10-10 12:01:49 PDT (-0700)

This was the former true C.flexipes… and it does not smell like pelargonium leaves.

MO did not recognize paleiferus,
By: Dave in NE PA
2009-10-10 06:44:51 PDT (-0700)

but I think this name leads to the correct grouping. Is there a currently accepted synonym? From BBF: “3/8-1+1/8 inch wide… covered with minute white hairs… on the ground among mosses in conifer and mixed woods.” One thing that doesn’t check is the reported fruity odor.

BBF lists C. paleaceus as “nearly identical”, and C. hemitrichus as being up to 2 inches wide without odor.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-10-09 14:37:25 PDT (-0700)

C. flexipes has darker gills, I beleive this is hemitrichus.

C.flexipes should have a strong smell like Pelargonium.
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-10-09 12:29:20 PDT (-0700)
According to Phillips,
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2009-10-09 08:53:39 PDT (-0700)

habitat is wrong for flexipes.

Yes, very tiny.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2009-10-09 04:43:19 PDT (-0700)

Under an inch diameter.

How Small are these
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-10-08 18:57:30 PDT (-0700)

found similar species just today under Eastern Hemlock but there very tiny.

Odor was slight,
By: Dave in NE PA
2009-10-08 17:14:19 PDT (-0700)

which does weigh against Inocybe. The shady area was dominated by hemlock, but there were birch in the area. These were small, under an inch in diameter. Flesh was fragile. Just checked C. hemitrichus in Phillips, and it appears to be a pretty good match.

Maybe Cortinarius hemitrichus
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2009-10-08 17:03:40 PDT (-0700)

but I believe that species prefers Birch.

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2009-10-08 16:41:06 PDT (-0700)

Did you note its fragrance, if any?

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