Observation 13027: Cortinarius (Pers.) Gray

When: 2008-10-21

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

Who: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)

No specimen available

Not the color of Aurora’s specimen, but the gills and structure look identical. I suppose the color could be construed as vinicolor in some circles. Certainly a velvety-burgundy coloration near the edges. No so much striate as with raised ridges on the cap surface, plus blunt short ridges near edge of cap.



Proposed Names

64% (4)
Recognized by sight: Fibrous dry cap, not striate.
29% (3)
Recognized by sight: this is not a cort!!! nor Tubaria vinicolor. the spores on the stipe look cigar brown to me…lines on cap are intriguing. little brown jobbers a tough ID, even WITH a scope and literature!

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
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Gotta agree with Dimitar.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-06-07 12:42:16 CDT (-0500)

Bottom 2 photos have a different stipe. Cannot be the same fungi.

I have removed the Tubaria suggestion.

Dimi convinced me (mostly) that this COULD be a cort, but w/out a spore print…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-10-23 19:27:37 CDT (-0500)

…and microscopy work we are pretty much at a dead end.

The “gestalt” does fit the corts that he showed me; a rusty spore print would convince me. BTW, I am refering only to the original, top two mushrooms; lines on the caps of both species depicted can be a case of the tissue collapsing onto the gills with age, or a thin cap context to begin with, and can be found in a variety of species…

Not the same. Absolutely not.
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2008-10-23 16:38:08 CDT (-0500)

The second set is not the same — the second mushroom is a Collybia/Gymnopus of some sort. Always take a spore print!

2 more photos
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-10-23 15:39:46 CDT (-0500)

Colors look different, but here are 2 more photos of the same mushroom (I think) taken from the same area the same day. Those cap ridges are pretty distinctive, even if the colors and gills don’t exactly match.

The cortina took a hike
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2008-10-23 11:08:03 CDT (-0500)

Dear, the cortina took a hike in the park. You can’t expect to always see a cortina in mature Cort specimens, would you?!? This is a Cort from a mile (and a half) away. You’re coming today at 1:00PM, right? Why don’t we have a private conversation about this and other things…

Tuberale, this can’t possibly be Tubaria vinicolor/punicea, which is red like fresh blood. There are photos on the MushroomObserver and on my site too — compare carefully.

dude, where’s my cortina??!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-10-23 10:21:23 CDT (-0500)

I see neither cortina remnants nor rusty brown spores. Upper stipe texture looks similar to what we see in Laccaria sp. rather than a broken and flattened cortina.

Cortinarius (Telamonia)
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2008-10-23 10:08:30 CDT (-0500)

Other than this being an obvious Cort in Subgenus Telamonia, coming up with a more specific name will be hard without a lof of more data.

Need rules for small brown jobs…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-10-23 09:26:54 CDT (-0500)

For small brown jobs we need spore color and habitat, and that can only suggest the genus. To get to a species, we need micro-details…

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