Observation 93645: Cortinarius australiensis (Cleland & Cheel) E. Horak
When: 2006-07-06
(36.0° 149.0° )
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: Herbarium specimens in MEL, NY (REH8882, specimen ID 00834504)

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Recognized by sight: Pileus 10.5-12 cm broad, convex, dry, white to pale tan, glabrous to barely appressed squamulose areolate on disc, with scattered appendiculate veil remnants. Flesh white, unchanging, with mild odor and taste. Lamellae adnate to adnexed, close, pale grayish tan with wavy edges. Stipe 8-9 cm long, 3 cm broad, equal to slightly broader at base, dry, white, appressed cottony fibrillose to finely appressed subsquamulose, with a thick membranous peronate veil, white with pale brownish stains toward base, with interior solid, white, unchanging.
Gregarious under Eucalyptus and Acacia.

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exactly! a cort with an identity crisis!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-05-01 10:20:57 EDT (-0400)

gotta love those OZ oddities.

By: Tex (Stopwhispering)
2012-05-01 03:35:35 EDT (-0400)

Thanks for sharing this observation Roy, although I must say it puts me further in doubt than I already was about my own find. There are many similarities, the caps however seem to far apart from one and other to be the same species. Yours seems to fit all the descriptions I could find a lot better.



Remotely related,
By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2012-05-01 00:00:38 EDT (-0400)

C. australiensis is only remotely related to C. alboaggregatus which is a Phlegmacium in the Arguti group, species in that group have morphological similarities to the South American stirps Xiphidipus and sections Arguti and Claricolores.

Many southern Cortinarii don’t fit well into any of the northern groups and are usually only referred to as similar, much more study needs to be done, a good example would be the NZ species that would initially be considered to fit into the northern subg. Telamonia, most if not all have some deviating characteristics and it’s doubtful whether Telamonia in the strict sense occurs in the South Pacific.
Ref-Soop K., 2012: Cortinarioid Fungi of New Zealand.

Section Placement
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2012-04-30 23:18:33 EDT (-0400)

I wouldn’t have guessed that this one is in that section, but C. alboaggregatus looks like section Delibuti

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2012-04-30 23:08:48 EDT (-0400)

Nice find Roy,

Similar to our common New Zealand species from Nothofagus forests, C. alboaggregatus, with it’s copious veil remnants leaving a membranous collar on the stipe!

C. australiensis is also known from New Zealand growing in association with Leptospermum/Kunzea and is placed in sect. Delibuti.

Very cool!
By: Josh M.K. (suchen)
2012-04-30 22:02:56 EDT (-0400)

Looks like an Amanita mixed with a Russula mixed with a Cortinarius. Quite an interesting species.

Cool species
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2012-04-30 15:57:04 EDT (-0400)

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