Observation 81238: Cortinarius elegantissimus Rob. Henry

When: 2011-10-31

Collection location: Lower Trenta Valley, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia [Click for map]

46.36509° 13.75051°

Who: amadej trnkoczy (amadej)

Specimen available

Code: Bot_568/2011_DSC0770

Habitat: Mixed forest, dominant Fagus sylvatica and Picea abies, moderately NE inclined mountain slope, calcareous rocky ground, quite humid and cool place, partly in shade, no sun during winter months, partly protected from direct rain by tree canopies, average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 4-6 deg C, elevation 950 m (3.100 feet), alpine phytogeographical region.

Substratum: Forest soil covered by old Fagus sylvatica leaves, under Fagus sylvatica.

Place: Lower Trenta valley, below Planina Lepoč, next to the mountain trail from village Trenta to planina Trebišna, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia EC

Comments: Growing solitary; pileus diameter ~8 cm (3 inch); SP rusty (oac747); cap of vivid colors, rust-orange-brown (oac698) in the center and more yellow at the edge; gills brown (oac699) (initially with green tint).

Nikon D700 / Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8

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5%KOH on the stipe.
5%KOH on the cap.

Proposed Names

57% (1)
Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight
Used references: (1) R.Phillips, Mushrooms, Macmillan (2006), p 173.
(2) M.Bon, Parey’s Buch der Pilze, Kosmos (2005), p 212.
(3) G.J.Krieglsteiner (Hrsg.), Die Grosspilze Baden-Württembergs, Band 5, Ulmer (2003), p 117.
(4) http://www.bioimages.org.uk/html/r151409.htm .
Based on microscopic features: Spores rough, lemon-shaped. Dimensions: 14.8 (SD = 1.2) x 8.2 (SD = 0.7) micr., Q = 1.81 (SD = 0.14), n = 30. Motic B2-211A, magnification 1.000x, oil, in water.
5%KOH reaction instant, on cup dark red, on stipe carmine red, indistinctive on trama. Taste indistinctive, mild; smell mild, pleasant but distinctive on what?

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