Observation 255542: Cortinarius (Pers.) Gray

Coniferous area.


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Many years ago…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2016-10-19 11:04:42 CDT (-0400)

when some of the Corts were listed as edible in most field guides, I tried eating what I thought was C. alboviolaceus (a dubious ID in light of there being so many similar species). It tasted like dirt; same as C. iodes and C. armillatus (species which are identifiable in the field). The only Cort I now eat is a sorta oddball species for this genus, C. caperatus. I had some yesterday. I really like caperatus.

Emma, are you interested in examining Cortinarius material? I usually don’t bother preserving material, as I generally have no idea about the species and am not aware of any call for material to study.

By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2016-10-19 10:40:42 CDT (-0400)

All of the Cortinarius that look like Lepista nuda appear to be edible. No one ever complains that they thought it was a blewit but it was a cort and they got sick. I think people eat purple corts all the time thinking they are blewits.

By: Emma Harrower (eharrower)
2016-10-19 10:18:32 CDT (-0400)

I didn’t see the cortina. Thanks for pointing it out to me. That is the closest blewit look-alike that I have ever seen.

By: Chris Foss (The Vault Dweller)
2016-10-18 16:58:49 CDT (-0400)

Want to see Observation 257396? I think I found this too.

For an example of Lepista nuda…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2016-10-18 07:54:50 CDT (-0400)

with relatively young unexpanded cap, I would expect the gills to be more tightly spaced with edges more even. Also, there’s a evidence of the remains of a cortina on the stipe.