Notes: The exciting part about this fall collection is that this species is far more common in the spring! The Western mountains have abundant vernal Cortinarius fruitings, but in general there is little to no overlap between the vernal and autumnal fruitings cortinarius species – except this one. At one time I was surprised that the only matching collection of my vernal species came from the PNW and was collected in the Fall. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to replicate that collection during Yosemite 2011 fall campaign.
This species is in the broader Variecolores clade and reacts yellow to KOH. It is also a fine edible cort.
The common name on GenBank and here somewhere for this species is “chunkycort” – let it be clear though —it starts chunky but then it may get quite lanky… The gills are subdistand in young fruitbodies and become quite crowded in mature basidiomata.
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