Observation 54628: Cortinarius subgenus Phlegmacium (Fr.) Fr.

A moderately large, fleshy Phlegmacium that we at first thought was C. alboviolaceus because of its light, silvery purplish-gray cap and thick, whitish stalk. However, upon handling the specimens showed strikingly bright purple discoloration in all parts of the fruitbody – cap and stem surface, flesh, gills (the pictures don’t do it justice because we thought it was C. alboviolaceous when taking them).

It grew in a floodland mossy birch forest in scattered groups.

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You’re welcome, Tatiana
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-10-04 00:21:25 PDT (-0700)

I’m happy to see something on MO now and then that I actually recognize :-)

C.porphyropus isn’t uncommon in birchwoods here in northern Sweden (low alpine region in particular).

Just to complicate things, there’s also a similar subporphyropus with larger spores, growing with Quercus, Corylus, Fagus and Tilia (which means a more southern distribution).

And again, thanks, Irene!
By: Tatiana Bulyonkova (ressaure)
2010-10-03 23:13:02 PDT (-0700)

I decided to try my luck with keys the first thing this morning, took the Nezdoiminogo’s book on Cortinarii, and the key led me to C. porphyropus as the most viable option. So I guess it’s a consensus! :)

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