Observation 279083: Cortinarius (Pers.) Gray

Spore Print Brown. Area Eucalyptus rain forest. Stipe shiny, gills Fine close and Dark brown. Single cluster of four mature specimens.



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The colour of the spore print from the cap in my humble opinion was dark brown. Another interesting obs was the stipe. It was silky or like satin when the light shone on it directly. As the specimens were mature and large I only kept a single pileus for a spore print. I didnt think about scoping the print. I didnt keep the paper after doing the MO Obs upload.

there are lots of shades of brown
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-06-18 19:04:57 CDT (-0400)

FWIW, I would call those gills “tobacco brown,” but “rusty brown” (orange colors) is one of the easiest to see. If you got spore drop (and not just looking at the gill color), then those were mature spores and this isn’t a cort, even if it kinda sorta resembles some we know from NA.

the Gymnopilus, which you do know, also have rusty brown spores. So, like that.

you can also check out some of those spores under your scope … you won’t need stains, just water.


Thanks for the tips. The spore print was the same colour as the gills. What colour would you say the brown is?. I always have trouble making that “definite” statement. Geez!.

hullo Ian!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-06-18 15:16:14 CDT (-0400)

Spore print dull brown or rusty brown? The gills look rather dull brown.

Have you developed a personal search image for corts yet? They come in many colors and sizes, but all share two characteristics: a RUSTY brown spore print and a cobwebby partial veil. That veil can be lost as the cap opens, but will be present and obvious in young, just opening or even closed caps. Bits of that veil will often remain on the stipe itself, and catch up some of that rusty spore drop, which serves to highlight them.

Getting them to species is quite difficult for most, esp. in OZ, but you should be able to recognize the Genus with a bit of practice. Still producing fungi in your hood, eh? I wish it was true for us!

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