Observation 61465: Cortinarius anomalus group
When: 2010-12-29
Who: BakerSt10
No herbarium specimen


2 Pictures taken at dawn in low light one day later
2 Pictures taken at dawn in low light one day later

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By: BakerSt10
2010-12-31 02:36:47 AEDT (+1100)

Thanks for all of the input. I knew these were Cortinarius from the start but was hoping for some discussion so I could learn more. I had found these by my house so I took some more pictures this morning. I also rechecked the odor and it was mild.

C. anomalus gr.
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2010-12-30 18:49:55 AEDT (+1100)

Similar to the several uncharted members of the Cortinarius anomalus group in California and the PNW. They stand out by their roundish spores – a bit of microscopic analysis is very helpful with Cortinarius.

Check these photos here


P.S. C. camphoratus is less common in California (much more so up North). C. camphoratus has a strong odor of boiled potatoes (some of which that might have burned a bit on the bottom)… C. alboviolaceus is more bluish all around. But the spore shape is very helpful here.

photos show a hint of purple, is that correct?
By: Adam Singer (adam)
2010-12-30 13:09:01 AEDT (+1100)

The cortina/cobweb on the 3rd photo and the rusty brown spore deposit on the stipe point to this being a cort, but it would be interesting to know which one.

Did you happen to note the smell or taste? Also, the cap and stipe look pretty dry, is that correct? If so I think that means they’d be in the Sericeocybe subgenus.

From your photos, the gills don’t look very lilac/purplish to me, but if they seemed kind of lavender/lilac when you collected them, they might be C. camphoratus (MD p. 447: "lavender to lilac-white cap (fading to buff), violet or bluish-lilac gills and stalk when young…). If it had smelled unpleasant (like “rotting meat or vegetables”) it would make the match more likely. Though yours don’t much resemble the other observations here on MO, it looked like the closest match to me there and resembles the photo montage for C. camphoratus on MushroomHobby.

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