When: 2009-12-17

Collection location: Bolinas Ridge, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)

No specimen available

Initially these looked a little like Inocybe lilacina but the spores were too rusty looking and they also were very rough if not warted. Also the spores were a little smaller and rounder than what is listed for Cortinarius alboviolaceus.
On Dimitar’s Mushroom Hobby website, he notes several species under “Cortinarius Section Anomali” I’m guessing at this point these are in one of those groups, perhaps “Group III”.
They were growing near tanoak and Doug fir.
Spores were approx, 6.3-7.1 X 5.9-6.1 microns.


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Dirty Talk… Nice.
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-12-18 17:54:44 CST (-0500)

Proud of you guys — Ron, now we’re talking some cool Cort talk all of a sudden here in California. This is something in the Anomali group indeed, although that even in Europe this is a very unsettled group. It is one of those groups that has given Taxonomists a lot of trouble and may appear either artificial, or not at all. But, for the sake of communication let us call these species that way. I believe that they may end up all over the map when seen phylogenetically, although that the broadly ellipsoid to subglobose spores may be more taxonomically important features.