Collection location: Boone Co., Missouri, USA [Click for map]
Who: MOFunGuy (jrapp)
This mushroom was found Sept 16th on a dry, rocky hardwood/cedar steep hilly glade in Central Missouri. It seemed somewhat dried out, but it had really neat bluish/violet colors on the cap and stem, a bulbous base, maybe white veil remnant or mycellium on the base, and very prominent dark orange cortina fibers on the cap margin and attached to the stalk where the ring occurs. Cortinarius alboviolaceus and/or subpulchrifolius seem the closest, and most commonly found here, but I can find no mention of the orange ring fibers. I was all over Arora, but didn’t find that characteristic mentioned there either. Do you think C. alboviolaceus or subpulchrifolius may have such a fiberous ring?
[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:58:46 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Boone Co., (Central) Missouri, USA’ to ‘Boone Co., Missouri, USA’
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Possibly a variety of Cortinarius glaucopus, not alboviolaceus or subpulchrifolius.
The fibrous ring on the stem and remnants on the cap margin, are filled with rust coloured spores when the fungus matures. This is more or less pronounced in many of the Phlegmacium species. But it’s only in very young fruitbodies you can see the true colour of the cortina and veil.