Observation 34925: Cortinarius (Pers.) Gray
When: 2009-08-12
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Another Cortinarius without a specimen that I can’t help posting – just to hear any guesses.
These giant fungi were fruiting in the same maze-like abandoned Picea obovata nursery as the fly agarics I posted before. The picture pretty much gives the idea of what young to middle-aged specimens look like – there were no mature specimens on the spot. I remember mildly bitter taste. It was growing in the company of Amanita muscaria, Lactarius resimus, Lycoperdon perlatum and Sarcodon leucopus.
The most prominent feature was its SIZE and stature, reminiscent of Boletus edulis in the forest darkness – that’s probably why a couple of larger ones were cut and just laying there, including the one at the second picture.

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By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-03-20 01:35:24 PDT (-0700)

It reminds a bit of C. balteatus, not uncommon with Picea in northern Scandinavia – but it doesn’t look typical enough to even propose the name..

At least it’s a species that can become very large, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this belongs in the same group (which includes species like balteatocumatilis, balteatoalbus, variecolor etc.)

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