Collection location: Albion, Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]
These are kinda cute. They are smallish, about 2-3cm in the cap size, ~10cm long in the stipe. The spore color is a nice darker brown/rusty brown, so I am pretty sure these are Cortinarius. They were not visid at all anywhere, the cap are probably hygrophanous, but I didn’t verify that. The contina seems to have complete gone away on the stipe, but there seems to have been a universal veil, there are brown veil remenants on the cap edges, and the bottom of the stipes are wooly white with veil remenants. Kinda neat little guys, found in the duff of a redwood grove. But no idea about the species.
Feb 23, 2007 – I just got “Mushrooms and other fungi of North America” by Roger Phillips, and I look at the cover, and I think, hey that it my little cort. with wooly stipe right there. I look inside, and it take a little looking, but I find that on the cover is C. evernius. Which it turns out is described in Arora also. The description actually matches well, with the veil remnants on the cap edge, and the white wooly veil on the stipe. But I had dismissed it do to the size of the cap, and the stalk description says it is equal or narrowed to the base. This better matches the photos in Phillips. These seem to be too small, and the stalks are wider at the base. But the photos do look similar.
In the comments for C. evernius Arora mention C. lucorum as a common conifer lover which differs with a club shaped stem. These are under D. fir and Redwood, and mostly club shaped, so I will go with that.
Feb. 24, 2007 — after looking over a google search on C. lucorum, these do look very close, but the photos I found have an abrupt bulb at the base, where these are more smoothly club shaped. I guess I should just go for the main species in Arora first, before heading to the notes, if I really just can’t tell the difference here. I’m calling these C. evernius, although they could be C. lucorum, or C. saturinius which is a similar European species that has been seen (maybe) in Oregon.