Found along the Herman Creek Trail
Hike 10/21/14 Oregon Wild lead by Wendall Wood
Leah said on Whatisthismushroom:
"Yes, this is a Cortinarius!
While I agree that the gill attachment on the left of the 3rd picture looks free,
I'd say the one on the right is more... adnexed (narrowly attached).
Cortinarius are generally listed as adnate or adnexed.
That is definitely a tricky one.
The ring is indeed from a cobwebby veil.
Also there are not too many lavender colored mushrooms out there
in my experience so far.
Most of them seem to be Cortinarius.
So if you find a lavender mushroom with a
cobwebby ring and rusty spores,
there's a pretty darn good chance it's a Cortinarius.
Other possibilities of lavender mushrooms I know of might be
Lepista/Clitocybe nuda (the blewit) but that would have a whitish pink print,
Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis would have a white spore print, and
potentially maybe some Inocybe species, which would have a straight brown spore print.
From what I can tell, purple Inocybes are not common in the PNW
(someone correct me if I'm wrong, the only one I can find is
Inocybe geophylla var lilacina), while purple Cortinarius of many species are.
You can check out a few of them here: http://www.svims.ca/council/Cortin.htm"
Other info from the Web:
Lepista/Clitocybe nuda (the blewit) whitish pink print
The gills are attached to the short, stout stem. Mature specimens have a
darker color and flatter cap; younger ones are lighter with more convex caps.
Wood blewits have a very distinctive odor,
which has been likened by one author to that of frozen orange juice
Clitocybe Odora Gills slightly decurrent, close or crowded, broad; whitish
tinged with cap color. Stem 30-70 x 5-15mm, solid becoming hollow,
sometimes curved and enlarged toward base o ring
The fruit bodies of Cortinarius camphoratus have a cap that is initially
convex before flattening out, sometimes developing a broad umbo; the diameter
ranges from 4 to 10 cm (1.6 to 3.9 in). Initially curled inwards, the cap margin
uncurls as the mushroom matures. The cap, which is covered with minute fibers
matted on the surface, is buff with tints of lilac, although golden tones
typically develop in age. The flesh, colored lilac to purple, has no distinctive
taste, and an odor that has been compared to "curry powder, rotting meat,
old goats or goat's cheese, cold mashed potato, burnt horn, or sweaty feet."
The gills have an adnate attachment to the stipe; they are initially pale lilac
when young, but become rusty-brown as the spores mature.
The stipe measures 5 to 10 cm (2.0 to 3.9 in) long by 1 to 2 cm (0.4 to 0.8 in)
wide, and thickens towards the base. Roughly the same color as the cap,
it is solid (i.e., not hollow), and covered with silky white matted fibrils
up to the level of the annular zone. The latter feature is formed when the
cobwebby white partial veil collapses on the stipe. There is general
disagreement about the edibility of the mushroom: it has been described as
edible, inedible, or somewhat poisonous. It is generally not
recommended for consumption.
Mushrooms produce a rusty-brown spore print.
The spores are pale brown, elliptical to slightly almond-shaped with minute,
well-separated warts on the surface
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Goatcheese Webcap - Cortinarius camphoratus
The Goatcheese Webcap, Cortinarius camphoratus,
is one of the few bright light purple and slender species of the
Cortinariaceae mushrooms, thus easily recognizable. It has a fragrant, woody/musky smell
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