When: 1993-10-24

Collection location: Flemming Park, near Shreveport, Louisiana, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)

No specimen available

These had caps up to 9.5 cm across. Cap was dry and somewhat rough and scaly.
The flesh was whitish and solid.
Did not detect any strong odor.
The spore print was rusty brown.
The spores were ~ 7.5-10.0 X 4.3-5.4 microns and slightly rough.
Q(ave) = 1.75.
I couldn’t match these up with Texas species lists at the time and still cannot find a name for them?


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well Ron…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-03-13 12:11:05 CST (-0500)

way back in 1993, we ALL walked away from most corts, mostly in despair of ever naming them…

Yes, it did have the heft of a smallish C. ponderosus.
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2012-03-12 22:34:40 CST (-0500)
None of the Texas or Southeastern guide books show anything like it. Ironically,in my 3 years of living in that area, this is one of maybe less than a handful of Cortinarius species that I came across and the only one I noted in any way.
Very nice.
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2012-03-12 21:44:28 CST (-0500)

Very, very cool find Ron…. This one reminds me so much of C. ponderosus — something related, not too distant. And the spores do not disagree at all… Which is very strange, as there is nothing quite like it in Europe. Recently we got a good sequence of C. ponderosus and I ran some phylogenies — it is fairly isolated. It would have been a spectacular thing to show that this one is related…

Cool looking Cortinarius!
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2012-03-12 21:03:08 CST (-0500)
hard like a ponderosus?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-03-12 20:56:24 CST (-0500)

and with purple gills when young.

nice find.