When: 2008-09-18

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

The photo sucks, but the mushroom was on the other side of several feet of thick brush and low spruce boughs and there was no easy way to get closer to it than I did. As it was, I got on hands and knees in mud to take this one and wasn’t about to retake it!

C. alboviolaceus has been fruiting prolifically near a stretch of trail about 300m long all September. I have much better photos of this species from that same general area in obs. 11097 (September 10, south 200m; 11222 (September 15, west 200m), 11242 (September 15, east 30m), and 11402 (September 21, west 250m). Several of these fruitings produced sizable clusters rather than single specimens, though this particular observation was of an apparently solitary one.

That doesn’t mean there weren’t other mushrooms close by! Just no other C. alboviolaceus that I could find. This specimen was found near the mushrooms of obs. 11239, which were first observed on the fifteenth, at which time little else was nearby except some Clavulinopsis laeticolor (obs. 11240). However, that area had numerous other fungi on the 18th, including this Cortinarius alboviolaceus, several tiny agarics (obs. 11323 and 11325), more Clavulinopsis laeticolor (obs. 11324), and some small but non-tiny mushrooms other than these ones (obs. 11317, plus some that were not photographed). I counted at least seven species in the general area, and perhaps eight.

I only got around to actually photographing this specimen on the 21st. I probably shouldn’t have bothered. :-)


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