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Small clusters in leaf litter throughout woods; CAP 2-3" wide, smooth, viscid, brick-red-brown when young, aging creamy orange-brown at center to yellowish at margin; GILLS “dirty” tan, notched; STIPE white with pale purplish fuzzy cast near base, not bulbous; FLESH white; VEIL cortina obvious when young; SPORE rusty brown (visible clearly at 20x on gills).

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They probably are the same…
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-02-16 18:53:02 CST (-0500)

Well, it is perfectly possible that they’re the same, in fact
they probably are. I just wanted you to take a stance on that.
Look at the collections of Cortinarius variicolor from Idaho —
they tend to discolor and become brownish when exposed to the
Sun. I had to go through extra lengths to convince myself that
I’m not mixing the collections.

These from Chile seem like members of Variecolores, big time. Of
course, some KOH would have helped.

I will cover the subject of dryers on MushroomTalk — except my
first trip when I didn’t take a dryer and regretted it big time,
now I always carry. Otherwise, you may not see these in 10 years
or more..

Have fun,

You really think these are two different species?
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2009-02-16 17:00:59 CST (-0500)

I assumed so at first, too, but on close inspection, I decided that the cluster of three smaller darker ones (growing among a whole bunch of the larger ones) was just that — young verions of the others. Both had the same distinctive purplish fuzz coating the stipes, for example.

The bottom one is related to Cortinarius variicolor
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-02-16 16:06:46 CST (-0500)

The bottom one is related to Cortinarius variicolor. The top one, hmm, let me think a bit…