SILVERY VIOLET CORT

Cortinarius alboviolacea
CORT FAMILY (Cortinariaceae)

Description
This mushroom has a grayish-violet dry cap with purplish gills and a club-shaped grayish violet stalk (Photos A,D and E). The cap is about 1 ¼ inch- 2 ½ inch wide. It is bell shaped becoming convex to broadly knobbed (A and C). The margin is curved under. The gills are attached to the stalk, close, moderately broad and pale violet at least initially. It has a universal veil leaving a flattened covering on the stalk (The gills and veil are nicely seen in B). The stalk is 1 ½-3 ¼ inches long. Photos C-E show growth progression of the mushroom from A and B.

Occurrence
It occurs from August to October as a single mushroom or in clusters. It is found in mixed woods especially under oaks. A small colony was seen on the North slope of Signal Ridge near the road.

Comments
The cort family is the largest family of brown spored gilled mushrooms. It is often difficult to determine the exact species of Cortinarius one has although determining the genus as Cortinarius is fairly easy.

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