Observation 60466: Cortinarius humicola (Quél.) Maire, Bull.

When: 2005-10-22

Collection location: Livaditis, Xanthi Prefecture, Greece [Click for map]

Who: Angelos Papadimitriou (Aggelos(Xanthi))

No specimen available

The coarse, upturned, reddish-brown scales on its stipe and on its umbonate pileus, the usually fusiform, curved and rooting stipe, as well as its preference for beech woods, are characteristic of this species. It has a striking resemblance to Pholiota squarrosa, but that species always grows clustered on wood (usually at the base of tree trunks), unlike C. humicola, which grows on the ground and never in clusters. Also, the gills of P. squarrosa are initially olive-yellow, unlike those of C. humicola, which are initially whitish to light yellowish. Cortinarius bolaris and C. pholideus can also look similar, but the former has +/-flat (not upturned) scales, while the latter grows with birches or poplars and has light violet gills when very young. Overall, Cortinarius humicola is one of the easiest Cortinarius species to identify.

[admin – Tue Feb 08 12:34:31 +0000 2011]: Changed location name from ‘Livaditis, prefecture of Xanthi, Greece’ to ‘Livaditis, Xanthi Prefecture, Greece’



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very distinctive indeed!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-12-08 12:57:38 CST (-0500)

I would never have guessed a Cort for this species…

More detail for Cortinarius humicola
By: Angelos Papadimitriou (Aggelos(Xanthi))
2010-12-08 12:41:55 CST (-0500)

Please see updated notes above and newly added, higher resolution photo.

More detail…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2010-12-08 11:24:37 CST (-0500)

It would be good to see photos with more details. More resolution, to see more features. Are you sure these are Cortinarius? I can’t see enough in the photos to see veil details, or spore deposits…

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