Observation 237636: Cortinarius distans Peck

Unable to secure any spores from this specimen. Has scurfy cap and distant gills. Conical or bell-shaped cap as described by Kuo.


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Used references: Kuo, “Mushrooms of the Midwest”. Observation #145788 and others at this site.
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Sylvia, your ID seems to fit Kuo’s
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2016-05-02 07:34:53 CST (+0800)

description (http://www.mushroomexpert.com/cortinarius_distans.html) very well: orangey-brown, grainy cap with distant notched gills that have become cinnamon-brown due to spore dispersal. Additionally this species is known to have a mycorrhizal relationship with hardwoods, especially Hickory; and there sure are of lot of Oak-Hickory woods in Missouri! Kuo says C. distans is one of the first mycorrhizal mushrooms to fruit in the Spring … as early as late April or early May. I think you have made a good call here.

Dave W. and IG
By: weed lady (Sylvia )
2016-05-02 07:15:04 CST (+0800)

Thank you gentlemen for your input. Unfortunately I do not have access to a microscope. This specimen seemed fresh enough to produce something in the way of spore material. However, all I could get was something that looked like a bit of clear moisture – like water. I have only seen this species once before, so I certainly do not have a lot of experience with identifying it. Hopefully I will see it every Spring and be able to know it!

The gills on C. distans…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2016-05-02 04:23:51 CST (+0800)

are unusual for genus Cortinarius. The species name references the spacing. I find this species mostly every year, in June. Seems to be an oak associate.

By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-05-02 04:02:45 CST (+0800)

…is likely to be the correct ID, as it’s an early spring mushroom to begin with. Dave, you are right — I do see very faint remnants of what appears to be a cortina in the second pic.
I am not familiar with this species. The gill shot (second from below pic) somehow made me think of Laccaria.

I think…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2016-05-02 03:52:01 CST (+0800)

in the second photo there are scant white veil deposits on the stipes.

These look like C. distans to me. I’d bet $17.50 these are C. distans. (My personal limit is $20 :-) But without spores we can’t settle this.

Sylvia, if you have access to a microscope then examination of a small piece of smashed gill material will likely reveal some spores.

I.G. Thanks!
By: weed lady (Sylvia )
2016-05-01 21:40:53 CST (+0800)

No, do not see any indications either. This was all I could come up with. Your suggestion is good. Had not thought of that genus. Will pursue that avenue. Will see what direction this takes. Maybe someone else will offer a comment. Great to get help. Thanks again!!

Where is the cortina? :)
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-05-01 21:14:57 CST (+0800)