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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
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Cortinarius alboviolaceus, also called Silvery violet cort, has a convex to an umbonate, fleshy, silvery violet cap. It grows with deciduous trees but is also found with conifers, often on acidic soil.

Cap first domed and then shallowly convex with a broad umbo, dry, silky. The colour varies from almost white through pale lilac to pale mauve. Gills attached to the stem, close, pale purplish at first, becoming cinnamon to rusty brown. They are covered by a white cortina when young. Stem swollen at the base or assumes a club-like shape, featuring a dry and silky texture. The stem exhibits a pale lilac hue, particularly near the apex, and is adorned with whitish to silvery fibres that can ensnare mature spores, causing rusty colours to emerge. Spore print rusty brown.

Microscopic Features: The spores of these mushrooms are broadly ellipsoidal and measure 7.5-9 x 4.5-6┬Ám. They possess fine warty ornamentation and are inamyloid.

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

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