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Cortinarius traganus
pungent Cort, lilac conifer Cortinarius, gassy webcap

Distribution: Broad

Habitat: Abundant in the far-western mountane and boreal regions, but is much less frequent in the Rocky Mountains.

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Identification Notes:

C. traganus coloration is peculiar in that the cap and stipe are pale lilac to blue-lilac, as is the veil, however, the gills are brown-yellow and the flesh is mottled saffron to brown-yellow. It has a fruity odor, although for some people this is hard to detect. Sometimes the cap develops white sectors, and C. t. form ochraceus M. M. Moser, Ammirati & Seidl completely lacks lilac colors. C. traganus is similar to C. camphoratus Fries, a completely blue-violet species with a very strong disagreeable odor, not unlike rotting potatoes.

Accepted Name:
Cortinarius traganus Fr.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cortinarius traganus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Cortinarius traganus photos.

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