Code: Bot_759/2013_DSC8527

Habitat: Alpine valley, mountain mixed forest, dominant Picea abies and Fagus sylvatica, found under Picea abies; flat, semiruderal terrain, a turn-around place at the end of a dirt rudimentary forest road; shallow soil layer, calcareous ground, in shade, partly protected from direct rain by tree canopies, average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 5-7 deg C, elevation 990 m (3.250 feet), alpine phytogeographical region.

Substratum: a mixture of sandy forest soil, wood debris, stones, mosses and other organic litter, particularly needles of Picea abies and rotten leaves.

Place: Zadnja Trenta valley, south of the last farmhouse, left bank of dry Soča river bed (Sušec), East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia EC

Comments: This Cortinarius can be recognized by its distinct smell on anise and yellowish appearance. Growing in a group of four pilei; pileus and stipe very viscid (under light drizzle conditions during this observation); pileus diameter up to 4.5 cm, stipe up to 3.5 cm high; flesh firm; SP chestnut brown, abundant, oac740.

Nikon D700/Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8

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57% (1)
Recognized by sight: Characteristic color and smell.
Used references: (1) Personal communication with Mr. Bojan Rot,
(2) G.J. Krieglsteiner (Hrsg.), Die Grosspilze Bade-Württembergs, Band 5, Ulmer (2003), p 147.
(3) R.M. Daehncke, 1200 Pilze in Farbfotos, AT Verlag (2009), p 761.
Based on microscopic features: Spores warty. Dimensions: 10.8 (SD= 0.6) x 6.8 (SD= 0.3) μ, Q= 1.60 (SD= 0.06), n= 30. Olympus CH20, NEA 100x/1.25, magnification 1.000 x, oil, in water. AmScope MA500 digital camera.
Based on chemical features: Taste indistinctive, smell strong, pleasant, on anise.

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