Observation 25481: Cortinarius (Pers.) Gray

When: 2009-09-14

Collection location: Edgewood Blue, Wells Gray region, British Columbia, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Jason Hollinger (jason)

Specimen available

I found this growing in sphagnum at the edge of a bog. I haven’t had time to examine gill or pileus sections, but the spores are chocolate brown, ~10.5 × 6.5 µm, and I’d say they were smooth without a germ pore, but have a look at the photo to decide for yourself…


spores in water at 1000x

Proposed Names

61% (2)
Recognized by sight: I beleive the spores have tiny warts
-6% (2)
Recognized by sight: not a cort, IMO. spore-drop looks yellowish-brown. interesting hairy cap, very inocybe-like. and what a long stipe!
46% (2)
Recognized by sight

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I’ll look at the microscopic details in a few weeks
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2009-09-23 23:11:42 CEST (+0200)

Thanks for the suggestions. I thought this was a particularly ambiguous specimen. It was perfectly fresh, in moist sphagnum, so I’d be surprised if the cap had dried out. It was not notably hygrophanous, though. Handsome little thing, wasn’t it? For an LBM. :)

Let’s see
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-09-20 18:09:23 CEST (+0200)

if Jason finds the time to examine this a bit more – meanwhile I’ll stick to Cortinarius. I wonder what trees there are around? It looks a lot like Cortinarius pilatii, but the spores seem a bit too large.

Could be…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-09-19 12:51:03 CEST (+0200)

This could be Galerina paludosa, the stipe looks about right. But the cap doesn’t, it is too fibrous on the surface, and should be translucent striate on the margin at least. But it should also be hygrophanous, and maybe this one got a dried out cap?

But to make sure you really need a shot of the cheilocystidia, G. paludosa has fairly distinct cheilocystidia, which aren’t that much like other Galerina species. Dimi has a good shot of the cheilocystidia on line here:

http://www.mushroomhobby.com/Gallery/Galerina/Galerina paludosa cheilocystidia.jpg

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