Identification: unknown mushroom

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by allelopath, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. allelopath

    allelopath Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Found under spruce at about 9700 ft asl in northern New Mexico, USA.
    In the last photo, you can see the last bits of the veil on the right side of the cap.
    Cortinarius camphoratus is my best guess, but I don't think that's correct.
     

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  2. chickenofthewoods

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    All but the most distinct and unique of Corts eludes me...

    I'm surprised at your efforts...

    The only corts I've comfortably id'ed have been violaceous an traganus, then a few of the dying corts, formerly known as Dermocybe, like sanguinea and cinnamomea...

    I believe Cortinarius is the largest of the fungal genera, and has quite a few species "complexes" that render them rather mysterious. Shoot, very few of them have any potential as food, so the compulsion wanes after a few years of cortinarial inundation...
    They sure are clean looking, stout little fellows there...

    good luck.


    nice Leccina by the way...
     
  3. MycoRob

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    Cortinarius camphoratus has a distinctive odor. It smells like camphor, sometimes described as rotten potatoes or like a deer. Odor becomes stronger with drying.
     
  4. allelopath

    allelopath Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Yes, and this one doesn't smell like much at all, hence why i didn't think my guess was correct.
     
  5. Ken Ramos

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    Could it be a King Bolete? Sort of looks like one but I am not sure.
     
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    Nope; boletes have pores & this fungus has gills. You can make out a little bit of a cortina in the picture on the right, which points to something in the genus cortinarius.
     
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    Ah, I see. I'm learning something.... good! I am not very familar with mushrooms, though the grow profusely where I live.
     

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