Observation 85397: Cortinarius traganus (Fr.) Fr.

These rather aged specimens had caps up to 9.8 cm across that were mostly scaled to some degree.
The spores were ~ 7.9-9.0 X 5.2-6.1 microns and moderately rough.
They did have a distinct odor which I would call pungent, while “fruity” is the term normally used for this species.( however, I’m not quite sure what “fruity” means.)

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Well, you’re both probably right that these are not exactly
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2011-12-31 10:20:51 CST (-0600)

C. traganus. However, I did note that context of the lower part of the stem was a “pale reddish brown”, which is orangy and Irene’s photo does look similar.

fruity like overripe pears…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-12-31 10:02:50 CST (-0600)

switching to “old goat” with age. Yummers!

Cort traganus always showed an orangey context in my collecting experience, like these here:


Not convinced that this is what you have here.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-12-31 09:44:47 CST (-0600)

“creamy” doesn’t sound like a useful description on traganus.. Compare with obs 19596, if you remember what it looked like. They look similar on the outside, though!

My notes say that the flesh color was “creamy”,
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2011-12-31 09:25:45 CST (-0600)

which means they were a light color possibly with yellow or brown shading.

Did you
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-12-31 03:05:45 CST (-0600)

check the colour of the flesh? C. traganus should be yellowish brown.
The spores look like a good match, but there are several different species with similar colours and smell (which is hard to describe..).

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