Public Description of Cortinarius malicorius Fr.

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Name: Cortinarius malicorius Fr.
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Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Cortinariaceae

General Description:

Cap: 1.5-5 cm; convex or nearly conical at first, becoming broadly convex, flat, depressed, or broadly bell-shaped; fairly dry; silky to finely scaly; yellowish or orangish at first, often with olive tones, becoming orangish brown to cinnamon brown overall.

Gills: Attached to the stem but sometimes pulling away from it in age; close; orange at first, becoming cinnamon to rusty; covered by a yellowish to orangish cortina when young.

Stem: 2-7 cm long; up to 1 cm thick; more or less equal; dry; silky with orangish to yellowish (later cinnamon) fibers; yellowish, often discoloring olive brown to brownish below; sometimes with a rusty ring zone.

Flesh: Yellowish or olive.

Odor: Radishlike.

Chemical Reactions: KOH on cap surface red or reddish black.

Spore Print: Rusty brown.

Microscopic Features: Spores 6-7.5 × 4-4.5 µ; ellipsoid; moderately roughened. Cheilo- and pleurocystidia absent, but inconspicuous marginal cells present on gill edges. Pileipellis a cutis. Contextual and lamellar elements pinkish

widely distributed in North America


Mycorrhizal with conifers, especially pines; growing scattered or gregariously, often in wet areas or with sphagnum; fall (and winter on the West Coast)




Kuo, M. (2011, November). Cortinarius malicorius. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site:


Current Name:
Cortinarius malicorius Fr., Epicr. syst. mycol. (Upsaliae): 289 (1838) [1836-1838]

Cortinarius croceifolius Peck, Bull. N.Y. St. Mus. 150: 26 (1911) 1910
Dermocybe crocea var. croceifolia (Peck) Hlaváček, C.C.H. 54(2-3): 39 (1977)
Dermocybe croceifolia (Peck) M.M. Moser, Schweiz. Z. Pilzk. 52(7): 99 (1974)
Dermocybe malichoria (Fr.) Ricken, Die Blätterpilze 1: 160 (1915)

Description author: walt sturgeon (Request Authorship Credit)

Created: 2011-12-19 12:46:04 PST (-0800) by walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
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