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Cortinarius alboviolaceus   (Silvery Violet Cort)
Family
Cortinariaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 5-8 cm diameter, stem 5-12 cm tall * 1-2 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
This agaric has a convex to umbonate, fleshy, silvery violet cap. It grows with deciduous trees, but also found with conifers, often on acidic soil.

Cap at first domed and then shallowly convex with a broad umbo, the dry, silky caps vary in colour from almost white through pale lilac to pale mauve. The rather broad, sinuate, notched gills are medium spaced and light gray-blue to cinnamon-brown. Stem The twisted, often club-shaped stem is often bowed rather than straight, is pale and fibrous with a slightly clavate (club-shaped) base and sometimes marked rust-brown around the veil zone by deposited spores.

Similar species Cortinarius malachius has a slightly scaly cap. It is associated with conifers, as are Cortinarius camphoratus and Cortinarius tranganus, which are noted for their penetrating smells; the former reminiscent of half-rotten potatoes, the latter sweet and sticky.

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