Mushrooms: Cortinarius (Inoloma) violaceus

Mushrooms: Cortinarius (Inoloma) violaceus

Class: Basidiomyomycetes
Scientific name: Cortinarius (Inoloma) violaceus (L .: Fr.) Fr.

Morphological characteristics

Hat: 6-15 cm, dark violet, hemispherical then convex-flattened, entirely velvety-tomentose, dry, fleshy.
Gills: first dark violet then cinnamon brown, sinuated-adnate, broad, often united by transverse veins.
Stem: 7-20 x 1-2.5 cm, concolour to the cap, enlarged at the base by a clavate, fibrillose-scaly, spongy then hollow bulb; initially purplish, fleeting curtain.
Meat: violet, soft, cancellous, with a sweet taste and smell similar to that of cedar wood.
spore: ocher-fawn.

Cortinarius violaceus

Edibility, habitat and observations

Relationship with the surrounding plant environment: symbiote mushroom.
It grows especially in damp deciduous forests, in summer-autumn.
Some authors separate a Cortinarius violaceus, growing under broadleaf trees and with elongated spores, from a Cortinarius hercynicus, growing under conifers and with subglobose spores.Edible.
The Cortinari do not have a volva or ring, but a curtain that wraps the young individual, who then disappears, leaving slight traces on the stem.


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