Cortinarius (Myxacium) croceocaeruleus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Cortinarius (Myxacium) croceocaeruleus (Pers.) Fr. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 2–5cm across, convex then expanded and often slightly depressed; bright violaceous, becoming pale ochraceous from centre; sticky. Stem 40–60×5–12mm, spindle-shaped, tapering into a pointed base; white to yellowish. Flesh white to yellowish, often tinged violaceous below the cap cuticle; taste bitter, smell strong, unpleasant. Gills adnate to free; whitish, usually with bluish tint at first, becoming ochraceous-clay and finally cinnamon. Spores 7.5–8.5×4.5–5.5¼, elliptical to almond-shaped, almost smooth. Spore print rust. Habitat usually with beech; autumn. Rare. Unknown edibility.