Dry buff cap mostly silver with some brown tones. Gills vibrant purple when young, fading to purple brown. Stalk chunky and bulbous. Cobwebby veil attached.
Smell of mushrooms, taste mild.

KOH reaction on cap brown. negative other parts.

Mixed woods of hemlock, pine, spruce and hardwoods.

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I saw this a lot last weekend in Greenbelt, Maryland
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2011-09-15 11:24:28 CDT (-0400)

I am calling it Cortinarius alboviolaceous, but I have not keyed it out yet. The color of the cap has less ultramarine tones than the ones I saw on the west coast in January. The gills are also more purple – almost reminiscent of laccaria. But the spores are definitely rusty brown either way.