When: 2008-09-09

Collection location: Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk, Russia [Click for map]

Who: Tatiana Bulyonkova (ressaure)

Specimen available

These large bright Cortinarii appear in well-spaced, well-lit parts of our relic Pinus sylvestris forest in early September. I remember the smell to be nice (generic fungal) and a bit earthy.


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Nothing special needed to make micro shots…
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2010-03-18 13:59:39 CDT (-0400)

Tatiana, you need no special gadgets for making micro shots. Just a cheap digital camera against the eyepiece. Works best. I’ve spent $$$ trying to get something better. The only things that are truly better are in the $$$$-$$$$$ range, but they’re not needed for our purposes.

You keeping the specimens and looking them under makes the id process beautifully more meaningful. At one point I may contact you to ask for some Cort material!

Checked out and agree,
By: Tatiana Bulyonkova (ressaure)
2010-03-18 13:41:09 CDT (-0400)

Спасибо & thanks for your guidance and support, Dimitar, Irene! :)

Butchered the specimen:

The spore size is roughly between 10 and 13 µm (close to 11 on average), shaped exactly like those in the link to C. aureofulvus in the post below, (maybe a bit less warty but it might be the difference in image quality or contrast settings), with oil droplets of different size and number (usually 1 large, but often with smaller ones in addition or instead of it), so it looks like a good match both macro- and microscopically.

I’ll also try to figure out a way to take pictures of spores, don’t have a special camera gadget for that, but to my knowledge a simple compact cam will do the job, will try as soon as possible.
Looks like aureofulvus…
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2010-03-17 20:30:18 CDT (-0400)

Tanyusha, dorogoya moya, just as Irene says C. elegantissimus is mainly a Fagus associated, except in the border zones of changing habitat where it can jump over to other hosts, like Picea in my Old World. C. elegantissimus has very, very large spores. Here is more on it.


What you have there looks very much like C. aureofulvus .


Of course, considering your location it may be a variety. Keep posting, you’re in one of the most interesting locations.

Yes, elegant
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-03-17 18:14:19 CDT (-0400)

but I thought elegantissimus belonged in Fagus forests? The only one I know looking like this, growing with Pinus, is Cortinarius aureofulvus.

elegant indeed.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-03-17 16:22:24 CDT (-0400)

these are both bright and beautiful corts. thanks for posting them.