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

Cortinarius alboviolaceus, also called Silvery violet cort, has a convex to an 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 grey-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.

Cortinarius alboviolaceus on the First Nature Web site.
Cortinarius alboviolaceus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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