Collection location: Los Trancos Preserve, Palo Alto, Santa Clara Co., California, USA [Click for map]
Here is an observation of this one from Jan 2006, the only time I have seen this one. It keyed out with Arora, but there he calls this C. cotoneus group, so only a rough guess at species here. This is a little different than the observation 396, since the stipe is not white, and the stipe also shows scaling that that observation doesn’t seem to.
This one was found under coastal live oak.
Also I remember a week later at the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair, one of these was brought in for display.
But I didn’t see one of these this year in the searching, and sorry, I don’t have any dried material. But I thought I would add the observation.
If Dr. Ammirati at University of Washington has any further hints about understanding Corts, I would love to read up on some more refs. Arora does a good job at simplifying, but adds lots of comments about 100 similar species, or 400 closely related species… that doesn’t give one much confidence in an id.