Observation 52963: Cortinarius variicolor (Pers.) Fr.

When: 2010-09-12

Collection location: Thoiry, France [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

Specimen available

Found under spruce and fir.

Cap and stipe non-viscid, all parts (gills, cap, stipe, veil) purple when young, and then going brown as aging. Context yellow in KOH, cap orange-yellow to brown in KOH. No clear odor, taste mild.

The id here was fairly clear as C. variicolor in Funga Nordica, Champions du Suisse tome 5, and from people at the SMG meeting. But these are Phlegmacium so the cap should be viscid, and here it is fairly fibrous, and would just soak in water, instead of keeping on the surface and becoming slimy. They should also have a strong and unpleasant odor, and these didn’t seem to have much of an odor at all (other than that of the needle duff where they were found).

There also seems to be some confusion is this should be spelled C. variicolor or C. variecolor, it seems to be sited as one or the other.

The micro-shot is of spores from the veil at 1000x in KOH. The spores are ellipsiod, brown and warted. Size is apr. 11 × 6 um.

The spores match well with sources, in size and shape.

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Used references: Funga Nordica, Champions du Suisse tome 5

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