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When: 2008-10-11

Collection location: Larch Mountain, Multnomah Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]

Who: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)

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I am, without question, the world’s worst Cortinarius identifier. Having got that out of the way, this Cortinarius is striking in many ways. First, the cap has a thick layer of slime over the cap, which is dark brown and fibrilose under all that slime, except at the margin which is nearly whitem and shows some striations. Next, the stipe, which is 4-5 inches long, about 1 inch thick, with a layer of slime as well, but also with tiny hairs or minute scales. And finally: the stipe is the most interesting color of violet to near purple, but the slime on the cap acts as a reflectant, and I had to put the cap in near total shade to get anything near the actual color seen.

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